Supervisor Actions for Compensation Claims

Step 1: Your employee has sustained an injury or illness at work

In the event of an injury at work, you should complete the following steps:

Immediately initiate first aid

Contaminated skin and wounds should be washed thoroughly with soap and water for 15 minutes. If eyes or other mucous members are contaminated, they should be irrigated for 15 minutes using normal saline or water.

Notify your supervisor

Your supervisor should be informed immediately of the incident if he/she is directly available.

Report to Occupational Medical Services (OMS): OMS is located in Building 10, Room 6C306, and is open from 7:30am to 5:00pm, Monday-Friday.

OMS will provide further information on the appropriate forms to complete for compensation, if applicable.

In the event that OMS is closed, the Clinical Center Operator can be contacted at 301-496-1211 and the on-call doctor can assist with first aid.

Step 2: Reviewing a claim using ECOMP

When an employee submits a claim in ECOMP, there is a portion which must be completed by the supervisor. You should have received an email from the Employees’ Compensation Operations & Management Portal (ECOMP) with instructions for registering to complete your portion of the form. Print this form out, sign date and attach it to the employee’s portion, and return it to NIH Workers’ Compensation within 48 hours. For help with ECOMP please access either the CA-1 or CA-2 button below as applicable.

Step 3: After the claim is filed

After the claim is filed it is important to discuss pertinent items with the injured employee, such as Continuation of Pay (COP) or other types of compensation if applicable. Please contact the NIH Workers’ Compensation Program for more information if needed before you have this conversation. You should receive and keep copies of any medical documentation from OMS pertaining to work restrictions on the employee. A return to work plan should be initiated as soon as possible. Please see the Return to Work button below for related resources.

Step 4: Light duty and work absence

You should remain in contact with the injured worker in order to facilitate an easy return to work. It is critical that the injured employee be brought back to work in some capacity as soon as possible. Communication through email, phone, or some combination is critical for this process. Please refer to the Return to Work button below for more information.