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Building Security

At the building entrances where guards are posted:

  • Employees must show a DHHS-issued photo ID (for example, your NIH-issued ID badge).
     
  • Visitors may be required to log in, wear a visitors pass and have an employee escort them through the building.
     
  • Visitors may be required to pass through a metal detector and have bags, backpacks or purses inspected or x-rayed as they enter buildings.
     
  • Security staff will be looking for and confiscating any suspicious or potentially dangerous materials. U.S. Code prohibits bringing any dangerous weapons onto Federal property, including anything with a blade longer than 2 ½ inches. Meeting participants may want to leave extra bags or personal materials at their hotel to minimize the time needed for inspection.

After-hours building access will require the use of an employee ID on electronic access card readers at building entrances and certain internal areas. 

This page last reviewed on June 16, 2021