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The screening exam begins with a health and exposure history questionnaire to determine possible occupational health effects such as:

  • Hearing loss
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Chronic respiratory disease
  • Some forms of cancer

The medical screening includes:

  • Physical exam
  • Blood testing
  • Lung function test
  • Chest x-ray
  • Audiogram (hearing test)
  • Urine tests
  • Occult blood

In addition, there are special exams available for workers exposed to various substances such as:

  • Beryllium
  • Asbestos
  • Epoxy resins
  • Radioactive substances
  • Lasers

Rescreening exams

The U.S. Department of Energy has authorized repeat exams for former workers. These exams are available at approximately three-year intervals. In the past, only beryllium testing was available for repeating, but now the rescreening exam can include the whole medical protocol. All parts of the exam are voluntary, and participants may choose to repeat some or all of the tests offered.