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Community Outreach

The Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS), Community Out-Reach Program has adopted the concept of Employee Health Awareness and Promotion. The program strives to improve healthy behaviors and prevent or reduce employee work related injuries and illnesses through proactive occupational health and safety education out-reach initiatives; therefore, the below team-based initiatives, coupled with health awareness and promotion information have been compiled to provide NIH employees a new pathway for a healthier and safer workforce.

As outlined in the conclusions of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Guidance Statement, JOEM, Volume 53, Number 6, June 2011, Workplace Health Protection and Promotion, “Traditionally, health protection and health promotion activities have operated independently in the workplace. Health protection has usually been viewed as encompassing the activities that protect workers from occupational injury and illness—ranging from basic safety training to the use of protective gear and safety-enhancing modifications to equipment. Health promotion, by contrast, has usually been viewed as encompassing the activities that maintain or improve the personal health of a workforce—ranging from health risk assessments to wellness initiatives and immunizations."

The creation of workplace “silos” that place boundaries around these activities has been a limiting factor in organizations’ ability to develop truly integrated health initiatives, reducing their overall effectiveness. While we have made great strides in creating a culture of safety and health protection in the United States since the establishment of OSHA 40 years ago and have made encouraging progress in establishing a culture of wellness and health promotion in more recent decades, the two have yet to meet and merge into a true “culture of health.”


A new way of approaching these two vital activity centers is needed—one that will integrate them into a concept called “workplace health awareness and promotion.” This is the path to creating a sustainable culture of health.

Simply defined, workplace health awareness and promotion is the strategic and systematic integration of distinct environmental, health, and safety policies and programs into a continuum of activities that enhances the overall health and well-being of the workforce and prevents work-related injuries and illnesses. 


Organizations, whether large or small, can engage in this new strategy by systematically integrating their health promotion and safety programs, policies, and processes. This includes implementing programs that recognize the interactions of safety, environment, and health; creating a climate in which employees believe that an organization cares about their health and safety; building a culture in which a health and safety mindset becomes a “24/7” way of thinking; and promoting an off-the-job health and safety focus that becomes as important as, and overlaps with, the on-the-job health and safety focus.


By extending this concept in this way—taking it beyond the walls of the workplace and connecting it with other health promotion initiatives in the home and community—workplace health awareness and promotion can contribute tangibly to a stronger overall national health care system and improved health outcomes for the population in general.”


Visit the links below and help NIH build a culture in which a health and safety mindset becomes a “24/7” way of thinking:

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DOHS Out-Reach Teams


NIH Chemical Safety Guide - A Companion to the NIH Chemical Hygiene Plan and Hazard Communication Plan

Accident Prevention (NLM)

Air Pollution (NLM)

Animal-Related Safety (ORS/DOHS)

Asbestos Management (ORS/DOHS)

Bedbugs (NLM)

Biodefense and Bioterrorism (NLM)

Biological Materials Shipping (ORS/DOHS)

Chemical Emergencies (NLM)

Child Safety (NLM)

Contractor Safety

CPR/AED Training for Healthcare Providers (ORS/DOHS/OMS)

Decontamination and Sterilization (ORS/DOHS)

Disaster Preparation and Recovery (NLM)

Drinking Water (NLM)

Drowning (NLM)

Drug Safety (NLM)

Earthquakes (NLM)

Environmental Health (NLM)

Ergonomics (ORS/DOHS)

Ergonomics (NLM)

Ethylene Oxide Surveillance (ORS/DOHS)

Fire Safety (ORS/DFM)

Fire Safety (NLM)

Floods (NLM)

Food and Water Safety (ORS/DOHS)

Food Safety (NLM)

Formaldehyde Surveillance (ORS/DOHS)

Germs and Hygiene (NLM)

Gun Safety (NLM)

Hazardous Materials Incidents and Accidental Spills (ORS/DOHS)

Hazardous Waste (NLM)

Hearing Conservation (ORS/DOHS)

Household Products (NLM)

Hurricanes (NLM)

Indoor Air Pollution (NLM)

Indoor Air Quality (ORS/DOHS)

Infection Control (NLM)

Injury & Illness Investigations (ORS/DOHS)

Injury & Illness (OSHA 300A) Summaries (ORS/DOHS)

Integrated Pest Management (ORS/DOHS)

International Health (NLM)

Internet Safety (NLM)

Lab Worker's Resources (ORS/DOHS)

Laboratory Clearances (ORS/DOHS)

Laser Safety Program (ORS/DOHS)

Medical Device Safety (NLM)

Molds (NLM)

Motor Vehicle Safety (NLM)

Noise (NLM)

Occupational Health & Safety (NIH Only) Videocasting (DOHS)

Occupational Health (NLM)

Occupational Health for Healthcare Providers (NLM)

Patient Safety (NLM)

Personnel Using Animals Resources (ORS/DOHS)

Pesticides (NLM)

Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac (NLM)

Principal Investigator's Resources (ORS/DOHS)

Publications (ORS/DOHS)
Quarantine Permit Service Office (ORS/DOHS)

Radiation Emergencies (NLM)

Radiation Exposure (NLM)

Radiation Safety (ORS/DRS)

Radon (NLM)

Reporting Unsafe or Unhealthful Workplace Conditions or Hazards (ORS/DOHS)
Respiratory Protection Program (ORS/DOHS)

Safe Laboratory Practices & Procedures (ORS/DOHS)

Safety Committees (ORS/DOHS)

Safety Data Sheets (ORS/DOHS)

Safety Shoe Program (ORS/DOHS)
Safety Training (ORS/DOHS)

Select Agents (ORS/DOHS)
Sun Exposure (NLM)

Supervisors & Managers Resources (ORS/DOHS)

The Employees' Compensation Operations & Management Portal (ECOMP) (OHR)

Tornadoes (NLM)

Waste & Anesthetic Gas (WAG) Surveillance (ORS/DOHS)

Water Pollution (NLM)

Water Safety (Recreation) (NLM)

Winter Weather Emergencies (NLM)

Zika Virus (NLM) 


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Ankle Injuries and Disorders (NLM)

Arm Injuries and Disorders (NLM)

Asbestos (NLM)

Back Injuries (NLM)

Back Pain (NLM)

Bird Flu (NLM)

Bleeding (NLM)

Blood Pressure Monitoring Stations (ORS/DOHS)

Body Weight (NLM)

Botulism (NLM)

Burns (NLM)

Bursitis (NLM)

Campylobacter Infections (NLM)

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (NLM)

Cardiac Arrest (NLM)

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (NLM)

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (NLM)

Chest Injuries & Disorders (NLM)

Choking (NLM)

Common Cold (NLM)

Communicable Diseases (NLM)

Concussion (NLM)

Coronavirus Infections (NLM)

Dehydration (NLM)

Dislocations (NLM)

Elbow Injuries & Disorders (NLM)

Exercise & Physical Fitness (NLM)

Exercise for Children (NLM)

Exercise for Seniors (NLM)

Eye Injuries (NLM)

Facial Injuries & Disorders (NLM)

Falls (NLM)

Finger Injuries & Disorders (NLM)

First Aid (NLM)

Fitness & Well Being (ORS/DATS)

Focus on You Wellness Lecture Series (ORS/DATS)

Food Allergy (NLM)

Foodborne Illness (NLM)

Foot Injuries & Disorders (NLM)

Foreign Bodies (NLM)

Fractures (NLM)

Frostbite (NLM) 

H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) (NLM)

Hand Injuries & Disorders (NLM)

Hantavirus Infections (NLM)

Head Injuries (NLM)

Headache (NLM)

Health Checkup (NLM)

Health Screening (NLM)

Health Statistics (NLM)

Healthy Aging (NLM)

Hearing Disorders & Deafness (NLM)

Heat Illness (NLM)

Heel Injuries & Disorders (NLM)

Hepatitis (NLM)

High Blood Pressure (NLM)

Hip Injuries & Disorders (NLM)

HIV/AIDS & Infections (NLM)

Hypothermia (NLM)

Immunization (NLM)

Influenza (NLM) 

Inhalation Injuries (NLM)
Insect Bites & Stings (NLM)

Insomnia (NLM)

Interstitial Lung Diseases (NLM)

Jaw Injuries & Disorders (NLM)

Joint Disorders (NLM)

Knee Injuries & Disorders (NLM)

Laboratory Tests (NLM)

Lead Poisoning (NLM)

Leg Injuries & Disorders (NLM)

Legionnaires' Diseases (NLM)

Mesothelioma (NLM

Neck Injuries & Disorders (NLM)

Non-NIH Fitness & Wellness Centers (ORS/DATS)

Norovirus Infections (NLM)

Nose Injuries & Disorders (NLM)

Obesity (NLM)

Poisoning (NLM)

Pre-Placement Evaluations (ORS/DOHS/OMS)

Quitting Smoking (NLM)

Rabies (NLM)

Rotator Cuff Injuries (NLM)

Salmonella Infections (NLM)

Secondhand Smoke (NLM)

Sexual Health (NLM)

Shoulder Injuries & Disorders (NLM)

Shower & Locker Facilities (ORS/DATS)

Smokeless Tobacco (NLM)

Smoking (NLM)

Smoking & Youth (NLM)

Spider Bites (NLM)

Spinal Cord Injuries & Disorders (NLM)

Sports Fitness (NLM)

Sports Injuries (NLM)

Sports Safety (NLM)

Sprains & Strains (NLM)

Tick Bites (NLM)

Tobacco-Free NIH 

Toe Injuries & Disorders (NLM)

Toxoplasmosis (NLM)

Traumatic Brain Injury (NLM)

Traumatic Injuries (NLM)

Tuberculosis (NLM)

West Nile Virus (NLM)

Work-Related Injuries & Illnesses (ORS/DOHS)

Work-Related Medical Emergencies (ORS/DOHS)

Work-Related Travel (ORS/DOHS)

Wounds (NLM)

Wrist Injuries & Disorders (NLM)


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Breastfeeding (NLM)

Catering (ORS/DATS)

Child Nutrition (NLM)

Children's Health (NLM)

Concession Stands (ORS/DATS)

Dietary Supplement Fact Sheets (ODS)

Dietary Supplements (NLM)

Diets (NLM)

Dining Centers (ORS/DATS)

Eating Disorders (NLM)

Food Labeling (NLM)


Infant & Newborn Nutrition (NLM)

Malnutrition (NLM)

Men's Health (NLM)

Nursing Mothers (ORS/DOHS)

Nutrition (NLM)

Nutrition for Seniors (NLM)

Nutritional Information & Resources (ORS/DATS)

Seniors' Health (NLM)

Teen Health (NLM)

Toddler Health (NLM)

Toddler Nutrition (NLM)

Traveler's Health (NLM)

Vegetarian Diet (NLM)

Vending Machines (ORS/DATS)

Vitamins (NLM)

Weight Control (NLM)

Women's Health (NLM)


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Alcoholism (NLM)

Antidepressants (NLM)

Anxiety (NLM)

Bereavement (NLM)

Bullying (NLM)

Child Abuse (NLM)

Child Behavior Disorders (NLM)

Child Mental Health (NLM)

Depression (NLM)

Divorce (NLM)

Domestic Violence (NLM)

Drug Abuse (NLM)

Drugs & Young People (NLM)

Elder Abuse (NLM)

End of Life Issues (NLM)

Family Issues (NLM)

Healthy Living (NLM)

Impaired Driving (NLM)

Mental Disorders (NLM)

Mental Health (NLM)

Mood Disorders (NLM)

Personality Disorders (NLM)

Self-harm (NLM)

Stress (NLM)

Suicide (NLM)

Teen Mental Health (NLM)

Teen Violence (NLM)

Underage Drinking (NLM)


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Financial Assistance (NLM)

Health e-Cards (CDC) 

"In Focus! Safe Workplaces for All"  Photo Contest (ORS/DOHS)

Interpreting Services (ORS/DATS)

NIH Library (Photographic History)


NIH Mission First, Safety Always Award (ORS/DOHS)

Recreation & Welfare Association (R&W)

Safety, Health & Wellness Day (ORS)

Teen's Page (NLM)

Workshops & Consultant Services (ORS/DOHS)


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DOHS Community Out-Reach Teams

AED/CPR Practice Session Team

Aggregated, Comparative, and Root Cause Analysis Team

Biological Safety Guide Team

Chemical Safety Guide Team

DOHS Injury and Illness Prevention Survey (Perception Survey) Team

DOHS Safety Bulletin Board Team (High Traffic Areas)

DOHS Website Structuring Team

Employee Assistance Program Marketing Team

Employee Health Awareness and Promotion Team

Eye on Safety Newsletter   Note: If you would like to receive this newsletter, you must register for our safety LISTSERV (AHEALTHYSAFENIH); NIH personnel only! 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Team

In Focus!  Safe Workplaces for All  Photo Contest Team

Lab Safety Excellence Award Team

Lunch and Learn Events Team (training events)

Material and Equipment Team (brochures, posters, DVDs, etc.)

Newcomer Orientation and New Lab Personnel Identification Team

NIH Safety, Health and Wellness Day Planning Team

Outreach Communications Steering Team

Public Information Management Team (LISTSERV - Exchange occupational safety and health information among NIH workers) 

Reporting Unsafe or Unhealthful Workplace Conditions or Hazards Team

Safety Advocate Program Team

Safety Coloring Book Team

Safety Poster Team

Safety Responsibilities for Supervisors' Brochure Team

Safetycasts in a Minute Team

Safety Tips Team