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Your Environment. Your Health.

Health and Safety Branch

The Health and Safety Branch is a team of environmental, health, and safety professionals dedicated to reducing or eliminating the risks of illness and injury from occupational and environmental health hazards at NIEHS.


Services Provided

The Health and Safety Branch provides the following Institute-wide services:

  • Chemical, biological, radiation and physical safety
  • Fire protection
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Environmental protection and hazardous waste management
  • Occupational health services
  • Workers' compensation
  • Health and safety training


Branch Leadership

Scott Merkle
Scott E. Merkle, CIH
Chief, Health and Safety Branch
Health, safety and environmental protection policies
Tel (919) 541-7933
Fax (919) 541-1893

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