Abstract # 104:

Scheduled for Friday, August 18, 2006 10:10 AM-10:45 AM: Session 9 (Regency East #1) Oral Presentation

The NIH Experience: A Decade of Diligence

P. J. McCarty
Division of Occupational Health and Safety, ORS, NIH, Bldg 13/Room 3K04, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA
     Research involving nonhuman primates continues to be on the rise at the NIH. In spite of the increased research contact with these animals, the associated accident and injury rates have decreased. The NIH established a comprehensive, proactive occupational safety and health program based on protocol-by-protocol risk assessment and implementation of primary prevention strategies. Minimum personal protection guidelines have been developed and implemented as a matter of policy. Other program components include management support; training and education; occupational safety and health support; occupational medicine support; accident/injury epidemiology; and emergency investigations.