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New Video Available for NIH Employees on Preventing Workplace Violence

As part of the NIH’s workplace violence prevention program, the NIH Police recently posted a new video on their website titled, "Flashpoint." This approximately 20-minute video focuses on how employees can recognize signs prior to any physical violence taking place and strategies for diffusing these situations.

To view the video, please visit the NIH police website video section at: and select the "Flashpoint" video. (Please note, you will need a video player such as Windows Media Player installed on your computer in order to view this video).

If organizations would like more information, the Office of Management is now offering a 1.5 hour presentation on "NIH Safety and Security" to the entire NIH community, available upon request. The training includes information from the following resources:

  • ​The NIH Civil Program, Office of Human Resources, ( – to address matters pertaining to the prevention of violence in the workplace.

  • The Division of Emergency Preparedness and Coordination (DEPC), Office of Research Services (ORS) ( – to address emergency alert notification, as well as evacuation and shelter-in-place procedures.

  • NIH Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Division of Occupational Health and Safety, ORS (​) -- provides personalized consultation, short-term counseling, referral and follow-up services to enhance personal and professional wellbeing; EAP offers comprehensive support to help individuals and organizations move effectively through crisis situations.

  • The Division of Police, ORS ( – to address security and safety tips in the event of an active shooter scenario. 

In addition, each of these organizations can provide individual briefings about their services or develop training that meets the needs of your organization. To schedule a presentation or to discuss training, please contact either Mike Spillane, DEPC, at 301-496-1985 or or Jessica Hawkins, Civil Coordinator, at 301-402-8006 or