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Radiation Exposure Data Collection and Analysis

ORAU Collects and Organizes Radiation Exposure Data to Ensure Accurate Worker Health Studies

Managing occupational radiation exposure research has been a cornerstone of ORAU’s occupational exposure and worker health studies program.

Because this type of unique research depends heavily upon large numbers of research participants and even greater quantities of data, it is essential to work with an organization that can develop plans for collecting and organizing data to ensure accurate results and conclusions are reached.

We constantly strive to establish and maintain data integrity. Our approach to finding solutions to data management problems has maintained our longstanding success in the realm of radiation exposure data.

Our proven methodology includes:

  • Performing site surveys to determine the quality, completeness and consistency of available data
  • Conducting personal and written interviews
  • Extracting published information from death certificates, medical and hospitalization records, work assignments and attendance records
  • Recording personal observations
  • Computerizing all types of occupational data

A few examples of how we are fulfilling our mission of being a vital resource for occupational radiation exposure data include:

  • Managing the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Radiation Exposure Monitoring System (REMS) for the Office of Health, Safety and Security
  • Managing the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Radiation Exposure Information Reporting System (REIRS), which involves the collection and analysis of occupational radiation monitoring data for NRC licensees, reactor power generation data, and reactor effluent data. We process nearly 200,000 radiation exposure records per year and produce the NRC’s annual report on occupational exposure. We also host the REIRS website, which contains applications for recording and reporting data, facilitates the dissemination or regulations and guidance, hosts a library of past annual reports, and serves as a central location to request dose history reports from the NRC and DOE.
  • Providing radiation dose reconstruction solutions for compensation programs, epidemiologic studies, hazards assessments, and environmental exposures