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Policies and Rules

There are a number of policies and rules related to occupancy, maintenance, and operations of NIH facilities.  These policies and rules go through a strict approval process overseen by the ORF Division of Technical Resources (DTR).  Links below lead to summaries of policies followed by links to the actual complete policy.

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Safety Policies 

Contractor Safety Policy Adobe Icon - PDF (107KB) 508

Space Policies and Guidelines
Building 10 Policies - Vacant Space and Renovations Restriction policies related to Building 10

Building 31 Criteria for Occupancy - (Effective Date Jan. 1, 2000) Revised Criteria for Building 31 Occupancy Adobe Acrobat (PDF) - PDF (207KB) 508

Forced Moves Policy - Space and funding compensation for forced moves 
Lease Management and Oversight Process (LeMOP) - Appendix 1 of NIH Policy Manual 26101-18—Acquisition of Real Property by NIH Direct Lease or through the General Services Administration (GSA)
NIH Manual Policy 1210 - Utilization of Administrative Space
NIH Manual Policy 1361 - Corridor Utilization
Occupancy and Change Moratorium Policy - Defines when new or renovated space is considered ready to occupy and defines a period during which changes cannot be made

Rent Rules - Defines circumstances under which NIH will collect rent

Space Loan Policy - Defines process covering temporary loans of space

Space Justification Document Process Update - (Effective Date March 29, 2005) Revision to the Space Justification Document (SJD) process used by IC's to request space Adobe Acrobat (PDF) - PDF (181KB) 508
Technical Resources

BSL3 Certification Requirements -  Certification Requirements for Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3/ABSL-3) containment laboratories for animals and research Adobe Acrobat (PDF) - PDF (627KB) 508
Design Requirements Manual - For biomedical research laboratory and animal research facilities 
Fume Hood Specifications - Construction contract specifications for fume hoods and fume hood testing

Mold Prevention and Remediation Policy - Prescribed steps for preventing/remediating mold growth in the event of water infiltration 

Policy for Development, Review & Approval of NIH Program of Requirements (POR) - Defines the scope and cost of a project Adobe Acrobat (PDF) - PDF (283KB) 508

Post Occupancy Evaluation Policy -  Defines ORF requirements with regard to performing post occupancy evaluations on new, renovated, and existing facilities
Tent Erection Policy - Defines NIH policy governing the installation of tents and other light-weight temporary structures on the Bethesda campus Adobe Acrobat (PDF) - PDF (140KB) 508

Utility Shutdown Policy - Defines the utility shutdown procedures for Emergency Shutdowns (unscheduled) and Formal Shutdowns (scheduled) Adobe Acrobat (PDF) - PDF (212KB) 508


This page was last updated on Nov 13, 2013