Marchiano Wins 2021 Safety Award
Nathan Marchiano of the Clinical Center’s Department of Transfusion Medicine (DTM) recently received the 2021 NIH Mission First Safety Always Award presented by the Office of Research Services’ Division of Occupational Health and Safety.
Since 2013, the award has recognized those who demonstrate leadership, innovation and involvement in their organization’s safety culture. Nominees are people who go above and beyond observing and implementing their organization’s safety practices and make safety a prominent part of their program.
Nominated by DTM coworker Patricia Buziak, Marchiano is section lead for the emergency release drills (emergency release of blood for patients) and holds practice sessions monthly. This drill process resulted in improvement of response times to emergencies and better adherence to the standard operating procedures for blood emergencies.
Marchiano also worked with the DTM safety officer to procure MPW box lids and trained staff on safe usage and cleaning of the lids.
According to the nomination, “Marchiano shows leadership in continuously looking for unsafe conditions and working to correct the issues; helping team leads meet safety requirements; staying familiar with DTM safety SOPs; and discussing all safety issues with the DTM safety officer. He engages his peers in meetings by asking safety-related questions and has given a safety quiz during a fun activity.”
In addition, Marchiano serves as the emergency resource person for his group and makes sure all important documents are updated.
There’s still time to nominate a safety superstar for 2022 through Mar. 3. Recommended individuals must demonstrate safety leadership, with practical examples in two or more of the following areas:
- Safety-informed leadership attributes that set the nominee apart from peers.
- Initiating and/or leading a successful safety initiative.
- Engaging peers and transforming the safety culture of the organization.
- Promoting safety as an integral part of a program.
- Working to correct unsafe or unhealthful workplace conditions or hazards in the organization.
The nominee must be an NIH employee, contractor or special government employee. Groups may be nominated. The nomination must come from someone other than the nominee (you can’t nominate yourself).
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or send written questions to: NIH/OD/ORS/DOHS (Attn: Jacqulin Glass), Bldg. 13, Rm. 3K04, 13 South Drive, MSC 5760, Bethesda, MD 20892-5760).