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Vol. LXVII, No. 19
September 11, 2015

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Have a question about some aspect of working at NIH? You can post anonymous queries at (click on the Feedback icon) and we’ll try to provide answers.

Feedback: I’d like to know what is going on with the proliferation of trash on the NIH main campus this year, particularly in MLP-10 and in Bldg. 31. Food can remain in stairwells and on sidewalks for days without being cleaned up. Garbage cans overflow with trash for days, particularly the cans in the hallways and in MLP-10. There is a serious problem with accumulation of garbage in MLP-10 and the failure to clean the garage even periodically. I even saw dog feces on a sidewalk that was left there for over a week, and I saw a dead rat (the size of a cat) on the small road behind Bldg. 31 (in front of the residences) that was not picked up for several days. I know that this is a large campus and budgets are tight, but the proliferation of trash around campus is gross and not what one would expect at the “National Institutes of HEALTH.”

Response from the Office of Research Facilities: Thank you for bringing this concern to our attention. The Office of Research Facilities has increased the frequency for checking trash bins and cleaning stairwells. In addition, ORF has cleaned the MLP-9 and 10 parking garages and stairwells in recent weeks. NIH takes the cleanliness and appearance of our campus seriously and we will continue to monitor our progress and adjust schedules to meet increased needs if necessary. Cooperation by NIH staff can also assist. Often, staff have been observed removing bags of trash from their vehicles and placing them in NIH trash cans, overwhelming the trash receptacles. While ORF will do its part to contribute to a clean campus, we can achieve our full potential through a collaborative effort.

Feedback: Why is the ladies’ bathroom next to Masur Auditorium always filthy and only one of the two stalls is working at any given time? It should be updated and should be kept clean at all times because of the different events they have in Masur.

Response from ORF: The men’s and ladies’ bathrooms near Masur Auditorium are in a high traffic area and have a high use for employees and visitors on a daily basis. In April, the Office of Research Facilities increased the cleaning schedule from once a day to twice a day (7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.). Further monitoring of the facilities determined issues with cleanliness still remained. Starting in August, another scheduled cleaning was added. The Masur bathrooms are now cleaned three times a day (7:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.), Monday through Friday and once on Saturdays. ORF is confident these additional cleanings should effectively address the cleanliness issue in these bathrooms.

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