Health and Safety

Reminder: Medical Surveillance Forms Must Be Up-to-Date

Doctor and patient review a report together.

Nurse Practitioner Deborah Schuchardt (right) reviews a recent lab report with Shyam Sharan, a participant in the Medical Surveillance Program.

By Theresa Bell, Guest Writer​

If you work in a laboratory, or you have contact with animals or animal materials, you work with human biomaterials or infectious agents, or you are exposed to radiation or other hazards in your day-to-day duties, you should be enrolled in the appropriate medical surveillance program.

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Working Out Works for Shawn Kelly

Shawn Kelly exercises on an elliptical machine at the ATRF

Shawn Kelly lost 20 pounds after 11 months of working out at the ATRF Wellness Center. He is shown here on one of the elliptical trainers at the Center.

By Nancy Parrish, Staff Writer

When Shawn Kelly found out last year that he had high blood pressure, he was determined to do something about it. Luckily for Kelly, an instrumentation technician III, Facilities Maintenance and Engineering, he works at the Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF), where he can take advantage of the gym there, known as the Wellness Center.

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New PPE Policy Will Help Prevent Injuries

Safety gloves, lab coat and eye shield.

By Ashley Shoemaker, Guest Writer

In January 2013, a revised policy on personal protective equipment (PPE) was approved for all government and contractor employees at NCI at Frederick. This new policy was driven by a high number of eye injuries at NCI at Frederick (56 between 2007 and 2012) that were directly related to inadequate PPE.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act states that each employer is responsible for identifying hazards in the workplace and determining what kind of PPE is necessary.

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