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NIH Mission First! Safety Always Award

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The National Institutes of Health, Office of Research Services, Division of Occupational Health, and Safety (DOHS) salute a group of professionals making a difference in safety. The NIH Mission First Safety Always Award was created to recognize NIH personnel who have demonstrated leadership, innovation, and involvement in their organization's safety culture.  The open period for nominations is from 12:00 a.m., January 3, 2023, to 11:59 p.m., March 17, 2023.  Nominations submitted after these dates will not be considered.


All nominees will remain unidentified during the selection process. The official “NIH Mission First, Safety Always” award selection committee will evaluate nominees without IC or individual names visible.  All nominees remain unidentified during the selection process.  


Nominees must demonstrate safety leadership, with practical examples in two or more of the following areas:

  1. Leadership attributes that set the nominee apart from his or her peers.

  2. Initiating and/or leading a successful safety initiative.

  3. Engaging peers and transforming the safety culture of the organization.

  4. Promoting safety as an important part of your program.

  5. Working to correct unsafe or unhealthful workplace conditions or hazards.

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  • Nominations are accepted from January 3, 2023 – March 17, 2023.

    • The response to each of the two (minimum) practical examples must be 100 words or less.
    • The nominee must be an NIH employee, contractor, or special government employee.
    • Nominations must come from an individual other than the person being considered.
    • Nominations submitted before and after these dates will not be considered.

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Contact Us

If you have any questions, please e-mail glassjac@nih.gov or send written questions to: NIH/OD/ORS/DOHS (Attn: Jacqulin Glass), Bldg. 13, Room 3K04, 13 South Drive, MSC 5760, Bethesda, MD 20892-5760). 

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