The policy of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Research Services (ORS), Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS), is to promote safe and healthful workplaces as required by29 CFR 1960.28 andExecutive Order 12196.
If you believe that an unsafe or unhealthful working condition exists in the workplace you have the right and are encouraged to make a report (oral or written) of the condition to us. If you believe that there is immediate danger to life or health make a report as quickly as possible by calling us at (301) 496-3457 or after hours by calling the Emergency Communication Center at (301) 496-5685.
If you have questions, please contact us at (301) 496-3457 or your assignedSafety and Health Specialist.
Reporting To Your Supervisor
Prompt reporting of unsafe or unhealthful working conditions to your supervisor and the correction of the conditions are essential elements of the NIH Occupational Health and Safety Program. Supervisors are responsible for correcting health and safety hazards in your workplace and providing specific instructions on proper safety procedures and practices.
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People who report an unsafe or unhealthful workplace condition or hazard will not be subject to restraint, interference, coercion, discrimination, or reprisal. You may submit the report anonymously. However, we will not be able to contact you to obtain additional information, clarification or to provide a follow-up response. Surveys are conducted as soon as possible for reports of imminent danger conditions. Surveys for other unsafe or unhealthful workplace conditions are conducted as deemed appropriately by our staff. A survey may not be necessary if, through normal management action, the unsafe or unhealthful condition(s) can be corrected immediately.
A summary of findings will be available within 15 days after reporting the unsafe condition.