Operations and Maintenance December Newsletter

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Safety is everyone’s responsibility

Our first consideration in every task, large or small, is the safety of our O&M work force and our Customers. You, our customer, play an important role in the execution of your work order. The support you provide assists us in understanding the work order requirements which is the first step in developing a safe plan for accomplishing your request. With this understanding, the O&M department working with Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), can develop a safe approach to ensure your request is being accomplished in the most practical and efficient means possible. FME, EHS and the Scientific community jointly working together promotes a safer working environment.

How can you help us?

Before sending in a work order for the repair of scientific equipment, such as centrifuges, shakers, hoods, incubators and freezers, we need your help to ensure they are properly decontaminated. The necessary repairs may involve transporting your equipment or device back to our shop, where troubleshooting and dismantling may occur. Let’s make sure we keep our mechanics safe. Click on the tag for more information.

Contact EHS at 301-846-1451 if you are interested in becoming a “Decon Qualified” individual and to sign up for the Laboratory Equipment Decontamination training.

While working within your laboratory or animal facility we will communicate, coordinate and schedule necessary activities to complete your preventative maintenance or repair task. We ask for your awareness and cooperation to observe barriers, warning signage or tape indicating active work places. This is for your protection.

Pedestrian safety reminders

Drivers: Be aware of all pedestrians, particularly those in crosswalks as they have the right of way.

Pedestrians: Please use crosswalks when crossing streets and make sure drivers are aware of your presence before proceeding.

Please click on this link for more important pedestrian safety tips from the National Safety Council: https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/safety-topics/distracted-walking

Click the following link for additional in-depth information about FME: https://ncifrederick.cancer.gov/services/fme

Contact the Help Desk
E-mail: fmetrbldsk@nih.gov
Phone: 301-846-1068