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The Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS) ensures the highest practical degree of safety and health for employees in all activities of the NIH. Through surveillance, consultation, training and education, DOHS serves as the operational component in developing and implementing NIH-wide safety and health programs. DOHS is assessing and initiating preventive measures to avoid NIH work-related injuries and illnesses through research, monitoring and investigations. Furthermore, workplace reviews are conducted to evaluate compliance with occupational safety and health policies and procedures. DOHS is participating on numerous projects including developing national and international biosafety guidelines; risk assessment studies; design, construction and operation of maximum containment facilities; training and so much more. In response to Health and Human Services’ strategic plan for biodefense research, DOHS and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has initiated the National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program (NBBTP) providing a rare opportunity to receive professional training in biosafety and biocontainment at the NIH.


Forms, publications, training opportunities and additional information regarding DOHS programs are available on this website. Additional information can be provided by your Safety and Health Specialist. Please use the DOHS website as an information resource for your safety and health needs.

Branches, Services and Activities

Biorisk Management Branch

Community Health Branch

Occupational Medical Service

Safety Engineering Activity

Safety Operations and Support Branch

Technical Assistance Branch

Satellite DOHS Programs

Bayview Research Center

Rocky Mountain Laboratories
Integrated Research Facility-Frederick