Occupational Health and Safety Knowledge

Applies knowledge of occupational health and safety principles, techniques and practices to biomedical research activities, and to identifying and controlling physical, chemical, biological and animal hazards.

Key Behaviors:

  • Reviews accident reports to determine the likely causes of personal injuries.
  • Recommends actions to minimize the risks associated with biomedical research.
  • Conducts investigations of personal injuries, illnesses and property damage to determine potential causes.
  • Conducts surveys of laboratories, patient care areas, animal care facilities and other work areas to identify potential hazards.
  • Develops and recommends measures to eliminate and control hazards and risks associated with biomedical research.
  • Identifies regulated hazards and refers to appropriate workgroup for surveillance.
  • Collaborates with researchers to ensure that hazards have been controlled.

Developmental opportunities for this competency are available from the NIH Training Center.