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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


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

external linkAccident Prevention (NLM)

external linkAir Pollution (NLM)

Animal-Related Safety (ORS/DOHS)

Asbestos Management (ORS/DOHS)

external linkBedbugs (NLM)

external linkBiodefense and Bioterrorism (NLM)

Biological Materials Shipping (ORS/DOHS)

external linkChemical Emergencies (NLM)

external linkChild Safety (NLM)

Contractor Safety

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

Decontamination and Sterilization (ORS/DOHS)

external linkDisaster Preparation and Recovery (NLM)

external linkDrinking Water (NLM)

external linkDrowning (NLM)

external linkDrug Safety (NLM)

external linkEarthquakes (NLM)

external linkEnvironmental Health (NLM)

Ergonomics (ORS/DOHS)

external linkErgonomics (NLM)

Ethylene Oxide Surveillance (ORS/DOHS)

external linkFire Safety (ORS/DFM)

external linkFire Safety (NLM)

external linkFloods (NLM)

Food and Water Safety (ORS/DOHS)

external linkFood Safety (NLM)

Formaldehyde Surveillance (ORS/DOHS)

external link Germs and Hygiene (NLM)

external link Gun Safety (NLM)

Hazardous Materials Incidents and Accidental Spills (ORS/DOHS)

external linkHazardous Waste (NLM)

Hearing Conservation (ORS/DOHS)

external linkHousehold Products (NLM)

external linkHurricanes (NLM)

external linkIndoor Air Pollution (NLM)

Indoor Air Quality (ORS/DOHS)

external linkInfection Control (NLM)

Injury & Illness Investigations (ORS/DOHS)

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

Integrated Pest Management (ORS/DOHS)

external linkInternational Health (NLM)

external linkInternet Safety (NLM)

Lab Worker's Resources (ORS/DOHS)

Laboratory Clearances (ORS/DOHS)

Laser Safety Program (ORS/DOHS)

external linkMedical Device Safety (NLM)

external linkMolds (NLM)

external linkMotor Vehicle Safety (NLM)

NIH Halloween Safety DOHS

external linkNoise (NLM)

external linkOccupational Health & Safety (NIH Only) Videocasting (DOHS)

external linkOccupational Health (NLM)

external linkOccupational Health for Healthcare Providers (NLM)

external linkPatient Safety (NLM)

Personnel Using Animals Resources (ORS/DOHS)

external linkPesticides (NLM)

external linkPoison Ivy, Oak and Sumac (NLM)

Principal Investigator's Resources (ORS/DOHS)

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

external linkRadiation Emergencies (NLM)

external linkRadiation Exposure (NLM)

Radiation Safety (ORS/DRS)

external linkRadon (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)
external linkSun Exposure (NLM)

Supervisors & Managers Resources (ORS/DOHS)

external linkThe Employees' Compensation Operations & Management Portal (ECOMP) (OHR)

external linkTornadoes (NLM)

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

external linkWater Pollution (NLM)

external linkWater Safety (Recreation) (NLM)

external linkWinter Weather Emergencies (NLM)

external linkZika Virus (NLM) 


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external link Ankle Injuries and Disorders (NLM)

external link Arm Injuries and Disorders (NLM)

external link Asbestos (NLM)

external link Back Injuries (NLM)

external link Back Pain (NLM)

external link Bird Flu (NLM)

external link Bleeding (NLM)

Blood Pressure Monitoring Stations (ORS/DOHS)

external link Body Weight (NLM)

external link Botulism (NLM)

external link Burns (NLM)

external link Bursitis (NLM)

external link Campylobacter Infections (NLM)

external link Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (NLM)

external link Cardiac Arrest (NLM)

external link Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (NLM)

external link Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (NLM)

external link Chest Injuries & Disorders (NLM)

external link Choking (NLM)

external link Common Cold (NLM)

external link Communicable Diseases (NLM)

external link Concussion (NLM)

external link Coronavirus Infections (NLM)

external link Dehydration (NLM)

external link Dislocations (NLM)

external link Elbow Injuries & Disorders (NLM)

external link Exercise & Physical Fitness (NLM)

external link Exercise for Children (NLM)

external link Exercise for Seniors (NLM)

external link Eye Injuries (NLM)

external link Facial Injuries & Disorders (NLM)

external link Falls (NLM)

external link Finger Injuries & Disorders (NLM)

external link First Aid (NLM)

external link Fitness & Well Being (ORS/DATS)

external link Focus on You Wellness Lecture Series (ORS/DATS)

external link Food Allergy (NLM)

external link Foodborne Illness (NLM)

external link Foot Injuries & Disorders (NLM)

external link Foreign Bodies (NLM)

external link Fractures (NLM)

external link Frostbite (NLM) 

external link H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) (NLM)

external link Hand Injuries & Disorders (NLM)

external link Hantavirus Infections (NLM)

external link Head Injuries (NLM)

external link Headache (NLM)

external link Health Checkup (NLM)

external link Health Screening (NLM)

external link Health Statistics (NLM)

external link Healthy Aging (NLM)

external link Hearing Disorders & Deafness (NLM)

external link Heat Illness (NLM)

external link Heel Injuries & Disorders (NLM)

external link Hepatitis (NLM)

external link High Blood Pressure (NLM)

external link Hip Injuries & Disorders (NLM)

external link HIV/AIDS & Infections (NLM)

external link Hypothermia (NLM)

external link Immunization (NLM)

external link Influenza (NLM) 

external linkInhalation Injuries (NLM)
external linkInsect Bites & Stings (NLM)

external link Insomnia (NLM)

external link Interstitial Lung Diseases (NLM)

external link Jaw Injuries & Disorders (NLM)

external link Joint Disorders (NLM)

external link Knee Injuries & Disorders (NLM)

external link Laboratory Tests (NLM)

external link Lead Poisoning (NLM)

external link Leg Injuries & Disorders (NLM)

external link Legionnaires' Diseases (NLM)

external linkMesothelioma (NLM
external linkMRSA (NLM)

external link Neck Injuries & Disorders (NLM)

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

external link Norovirus Infections (NLM)

external link Nose Injuries & Disorders (NLM)

external link Obesity (NLM)

external link Poisoning (NLM)

Pre-Placement Evaluations (ORS/DOHS/OMS)

external linkQuitting Smoking (NLM)

external linkRabies (NLM)

external linkRotator Cuff Injuries (NLM)

external linkSalmonella Infections (NLM)

external linkSecondhand Smoke (NLM)

external linkSexual Health (NLM)

external linkShoulder Injuries & Disorders (NLM)

external linkShower & Locker Facilities (ORS/DATS)

external linkSmokeless Tobacco (NLM)

external linkSmoking (NLM)

external linkSmoking & Youth (NLM)

external linkSpider Bites (NLM)

external linkSpinal Cord Injuries & Disorders (NLM)

external link Sports Fitness (NLM)

external link Sports Injuries (NLM)

external linkSports Safety (NLM)

external link Sprains & Strains (NLM)

external linkTick Bites (NLM)

Tobacco-Free NIH 

external linkToe Injuries & Disorders (NLM)

external linkToxoplasmosis (NLM)

external linkTraumatic Brain Injury (NLM)

external link Traumatic Injuries (NLM)

external linkTuberculosis (NLM)

external linkWest Nile Virus (NLM)

Work-Related Injuries & Illnesses (ORS/DOHS)

Work-Related Medical Emergencies (ORS/DOHS)

Work-Related Travel (ORS/DOHS)

external link Wounds (NLM)

external link Wrist Injuries & Disorders (NLM)


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external link Breastfeeding (NLM)

external link Catering (ORS/DATS)

external link Child Nutrition (NLM)

external link Children's Health (NLM)

external link Concession Stands (ORS/DATS)

Dietary Supplement Fact Sheets (ODS)

external link Dietary Supplements (NLM)

external link Diets (NLM)

external link Dining Centers (ORS/DATS)

external link Eating Disorders (NLM)

external link Food Labeling (NLM)

external link Food Services LISTSERV (ORS/DATS)

external link Infant & Newborn Nutrition (NLM)

external link Malnutrition (NLM)

external link Men's Health (NLM)

Nursing Mothers (ORS/DOHS)

external link Nutrition (NLM)

external link Nutrition for Seniors (NLM)

external link Nutritional Information & Resources (ORS/DATS)

external link Seniors' Health (NLM)

external link Teen Health (NLM)

external link Toddler Health (NLM)

external link Toddler Nutrition (NLM)

external link Traveler's Health (NLM)

external link Vegetarian Diet (NLM)

external link Vending Machines (ORS/DATS)

external link Vitamins (NLM)

external link Weight Control (NLM)

external link Women's Health (NLM)


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external linkAlcoholism (NLM)

external linkAntidepressants (NLM)

external link Anxiety (NLM)

external link Bereavement (NLM)

external link Bullying (NLM)

external link Child Abuse (NLM)

external link Child Behavior Disorders (NLM)

external link Child Mental Health (NLM)

external linkDepression (NLM)

external linkDivorce (NLM)

external linkDomestic Violence (NLM)

external linkDrug Abuse (NLM)

external linkDrugs & Young People (NLM)

external linkElder Abuse (NLM)

external linkEnd of Life Issues (NLM)

external linkFamily Issues (NLM)

external linkHealthy Living (NLM)

external linkImpaired Driving (NLM)

external linkMental Disorders (NLM)

external linkMental Health (NLM)

external linkMood Disorders (NLM)

external linkPersonality Disorders (NLM)

external linkSelf-harm (NLM)

external linkStress (NLM)

external linkSuicide (NLM)

external linkTeen Mental Health (NLM)

external linkTeen Violence (NLM)

external linkUnderage Drinking (NLM)


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external link Financial Assistance (NLM)

external linkHealth e-Cards (CDC) 

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

external linkInterpreting Services (ORS/DATS)

external linkNIH Library (Photographic History)


external linkNIH Mission First, Safety Always Award (ORS/DOHS)

external linkRecreation & Welfare Association (R&W)

Safety, Health & Wellness Day (ORS)

external linkTeen's Page (NLM)

external linkWorkshops & Consultant Services (ORS/DOHS)


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DOHS Community Out-Reach Teams

external linkAED/CPR Practice Session Team

Aggregated, Comparative, and Root Cause Analysis Team

Biological Safety Guide Team

pdf documentChemical 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

pdf documentEmployee 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! 

external linkFrequently 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)

external linkMaterial and Equipment Team (brochures, posters, DVDs, etc.)

Newcomer Orientation and New Lab Personnel Identification Team

external linkNIH Safety, Health and Wellness Day Planning Team

Outreach Communications Steering Team

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

external linkReporting Unsafe or Unhealthful Workplace Conditions or Hazards Team

Safety Advocate Program Team

pdf documentSafety Coloring Book Team

Safety Poster Team

pdf documentSafety Responsibilities for Supervisors' Brochure Team

external linkSafetycasts in a Minute Team

external linkSafety Tips Team