Whether you’re an employee, contractor, volunteer or student, you must wear your hospital-issued ID badge at all times when you’re on hospital property. Properly wearing an ID badge enables patients and visitors to easily identify BWH staff. Badges—a BWH, Joint Commission and Department of Public Health requirement—are also critical for maintaining hospital security during emergency situations and for helping Security determine whether individuals have entered unauthorized areas.

  • Please help ensure that BWH is a safe place for everyone by heeding proper ID badge protocol:
  • Badges must be worn either pinned or clipped to an outer garment, picture side out, right side up, above the waist. Lanyards are acceptable as well.
  • ID badges should not be worn behind the back, clipped to a belt or pants, or in pockets.
  • Badges are non-transferrable and are to be used only by the person to whom the badge was issued.
  • If you lose your ID badge, report it to the ID office immediately, especially if it allows you access into secure areas.
  • The ID badge office, located in the Neville Building, is open 8 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Read the complete ID badge policy and view a photo gallery of the right and wrong ways to wear your badge.