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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the National Supplemental Screening Program (NSSP)?
What hazardous substances are involved?
Who is eligible?
What does the screening exam involve?
Who does the screening exam?
What does the screening exam cost?
Where does the NSSP operate?
Who administers the NSSP?
Why is the NSSP needed?



What is the National Supplemental Screening Program (NSSP)?

The NSSP offers health screening for some former U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) workers who may have been exposed to hazardous substances.

What hazardous substances are involved?

Some of the hazardous substances include asbestos, beryllium, epoxy resins and radiation. These substances would have been encountered in a DOE worker’s job environment.

Who is eligible?

  • You are a former DOE worker
  • You may have worked with hazardous substances
  • You may have been exposed to radiation

What does the screening exam involve?

The screening exam involves a customized health screening based on work history. One of the country’s best medical centers and experts in occupational health screening will review the results. These results are summarized for the worker and recommendations are given for follow-up with an appropriate physician.

Who does the screening exam?

Usually physicians from Comprehensive Health Services (CHS) do the exams. CHS offers complete occupational health services.

What does the screening exam cost?

The health screening is provided at no cost to eligible former DOE workers.

Where does the NSSP operate?

The NSSP operates in all 50 states. Clinics are located within 60 miles of every United States zip code.

Who administers the NSSP?

The NSSP is administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). ORAU selected partners with nationally recognized expertise in occupational medicine to help provide services to DOE’s former worker population. These partners are National Jewish Health (NJH), Comprehensive Health Services (CHS), Axion Health and the University of Colorado at Denver.

ORAU is a university consortium that advances science and education by partnering with national labs, government agencies and private industries.

U.S. News & World Report ranked NJH number one in the nation for excellence in treating respiratory disease. It ranked NJH first in reputation among pulmonary specialists. Physicians from NJH will design appropriate screening exams and review all testing results.

CHS operates fully equipped occupational medicine clinics. These clinics are located within 60 miles of every zip code in the United States.

Axion Health supports worker health by providing an innovative and secure electronic infrastructure that assists in the administration of medical screening programs.

The Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Denver works with the NSSP by providing participant and physician education, reviewing medical files and protocols and preparing results letters.

Why is the NSSP needed?

In 1993, the U.S. Congress enacted Public Law 102-484, Section 3162. This law directed DOE to start a program to evaluate the health of former DOE workers who may have been exposed to hazardous substances at work.

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