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Illness and Injury Surveillance

ORAU Coordinates Illness and Injury Surveillance to Help Monitor Overall Occupational Health

ORAU coordinates medical screenings to help its clients monitor the occupational-related illnesses and injuries of workers.

ORAU coordinates medical screenings to help its clients monitor the occupational-related illnesses and injuries of workers.

Proactively identifying groups of workers that may be at increased risk for occupational-related injury and illness facilitates rapid response to worker health concerns.

With our experience in epidemiologic surveillance, Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) can help assess the overall health of your workforce, regardless of the number of sites and facilities. If the study indicates excessive risk, we can then work with you to decide if additional investigations are needed.

Our management approach to illness and injury surveillance provides you with timely health information that enhances your ability to address worker health concerns. Our methods include:

  • Assembling the right team of epidemiologists, statisticians, technical writers, information managers and database managers
  • Establishing working relationships across your organization to ensure success in retrieving, managing and analyzing occupational records
  • Continuously collecting, analyzing and interpreting select morbidity, demographic and occupational exposure data
  • Remaining current on all human protection requirements to ensure privacy and confidentiality of worker information
  • Providing continuous quality assurance feedback and process refinement to ensure high quality of data

Adding value to this is a focus on maintaining medical and research data via robust electronic records systems, which are built, implemented, and managed by ORAU and its partners. Our work in this area for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has advanced the automation of health data management systems through the following programs:

National Supplemental Screening Program (NSSP)

ORAU—along with partners, National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Comprehensive Health Services, and Occupational Health Link—manages the National Supplemental Screening Program (NSSP), which offers free medical exams to former DOE workers, regardless of where they currently live.

DOE Illness and Injury Surveillance Program

Under our contract to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, we support DOE’s effort to use epidemiologic surveillance to assess the overall health of its current workforce at 15 sites and facilities.

Determining exposure risks at electronic waste recycling facilities

This year, NIOSH awarded ORAU with a six-month industrial hygiene survey project of electronic waste recycling facilities nationwide to evaluate exposure potentials, characterize work processes and protective equipment controls, and document medical surveillance and other health and safety programs. A major concern when handling electronic waste is the exposure to heavy metals, such as chromium, cadmium, lead, and mercury. These survey data will be used to better understand the impacts of this growing industry.

Studying titanium dioxide plant workers for increased worker health awareness

For DuPont, ORAU completed a two-phase, 10-year study on “Occupational Exposure and Mortality Among Workers at Three Titanium Dioxide Plants.” The study will be published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine.