To learn how to properly dispose of chemicals and sharps, consult the NIH
Waste Disposal Guide. If you would like a printed copy of the guide for your laboratory or haveadditional questions, contact your
Safety Specialist or call (301) 496-2346.
To report spills, call the fire department: 911 on-campus: 9-911 and off-campus.
After calling for emergency response, promptly notify your
Safety Specialist or call (301) 496-2346 for additional guidance.
any biological material to a destination outside the United States, you must submit form
NIH 2388, “Declaration for Exportation of Biological Materials” to the NIH Quarantine Permit Service Office (QPSO). The form may be submitted by email to
firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to 301-480-0671. Applicants must allow at least 5 business days for review by the QPSO. Following review, the QPSO will email the applicant the approved form. The export declaration is valid only on the approved date of shipment and should be included with the shipping manifest accompanying the package. Note: Depending on the biological material to be exported, a Department of Commerce export permit
may also be required.
receive any biological material from a destination outside the United States of America, you must
CDC 0.753, “Application for Permit to Import Biological Agents or Vectors of Human Disease into the United States,” directly to the NIH Quarantine Permit Service Office (QPSO). The form may be submitted by email to
email@example.com or by fax to 301-480-0671. Applicants must allow at least 10 business days for review by the QPSO.
Depending on the biological material to be imported, the QPSO will email the applicant either a CDC import permit and supporting documents; or an NIH Letter for Non-Infectious Importation. The importer may then supply the appropriate documents to the sender for inclusion with the shipping manifest accompanying the package. Note: Other agency permits (APHIS, CITES, etc.)
may also be required.
the Freight Forwarding Section in the
Office of Logistics and Acquisitions Operations at (301) 496-5921.
We recommend that you sign up for the
Nursing Mothers Program during the third trimester of your pregnancy in order to utilize all of the educational and counseling services available.
You may use the lactation rooms without receiving the other services of the
Nursing Mothers Program. To use a room you must still register with the program.
A visitor may use a lactation room as space is available. Contact the
Nursing Mothers Program office at (301) 435-7850, a week in advance of your visit to make arrangements to use a room.
The NIH Lactation Rooms are equipped with Lactina Select breast pumps. If you wish to use the program pump, you must bring your own attachment kit. Also, you must store your milk in your own insulated bag with frozen ice packs. Refrigerators are not available in the rooms.
EAP provides professional consultation services for NIH employees who are experiencing personal issues which may impair their work performance. The program offers assessment, referral, consultation, coaching, short-term counseling, and follow-up for employees confronted with family and marital issues, substance abuse, stress, depression, work-related issues and any other emotional challenges.
There is no cost to the employee for the services of the EAP. If a referral is necessary to an outside facility, the cost of covering that service is the responsibility of the employee. The EAP consultant works closely with the employee to choose a referral that is covered by health insurance or that is within the employee's financial means. To schedule an appointment, call (301) 496-3164.
If the water distribution system (plumbing, filters, etc.) within a building is affecting drinking water quality, ORF facility management provides an alternative source of drinking water until the problem is corrected. The NIH is prohibited from providing bottled water unless the drinking water is determined to be unsuitable or unavailable for consumption.
Whenever food is sold at an NIH event, two contacts must be made. First, approval to sell food must be obtained from the
Division of Amenities and Travel Services (DATS)
at least 45 days prior to the event. Second, notification must be given to the Division of Occupational Health and Safety at least two weeks prior to the event to schedule a food safety inspection for your event. Our Sanitarian can provide guidelines to assist in the planning of your event.
The NIH supported food facilities, both full service and concession stands, are routinely inspected on a risk-based frequency. Anyone within NIH can request inspection results by contacting the Food Safety Program Manager at (301) 496-2346. More information may be found on our
Food Safety webpage.
Contact the Community Health Branch Food Safety Program Manager at (301) 496-2346.