Whether you need a quick or an in-depth epidemiologic or worker health study, ORAU combines and integrates a broad base of skills and capabilities to collect, manage, interpret, analyze and publish occupational exposure and worker health data.
As a leader in worker health studies, ORAU focuses its expertise in these areas:
ORAU now offers training to help customers understand and explain critical, salient points found in key epidemiological studies and data trends.
The Comprehensive Epidemiologic Data Resource (CEDR) is the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) electronic database comprised of health studies of DOE contract workers and environmental studies of areas surrounding DOE facilities.
ORAU’s Center for Epidemiologic Research can provide both long-term and short-term studies of health problems affecting workers for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and other customers.
Because epidemiologic research depends heavily upon large numbers of research participants and even greater quantities of data, developing plans for collecting and organizing worker health information is essential to achieving accurate results and conclusions.
Not only is statistical review a significant process in support of epidemiologic research, it is also a stand-alone service providing rigorous analysis and reporting of client data.
ORAU analyzes accumulated data to identify potential workplace hazards that can result in occupational exposure and disease.
Information technology is an integral part of the worker health studies process, allowing research data to be organized into manageable databases that facilitate a variety of analytical approaches.
As part of the One Million U.S. Radiation Worker Study, funded by DOE-SC, ORAU provided technical expertise in reconstructing radiation doses received by more than 7,000 former workers at the Mound Plant nuclear facility near Dayton, Ohio. The radiation exposures were the result of the extraction process used for polonium-210, a naturally occurring radioactive element used in triggering nuclear weapons.
Among its findings published in Radiation Research in February 2014, this mortality study documented that deaths from lung cancers and other types of cancer were not significantly elevated compared to the general population. Launched in 2012 and reaching back 70 years, the One Million U.S. Radiation Worker Study includes uranium and plutonium workers at DOE sites, nuclear weapons test participants, nuclear power plant workers, and industrial radiographers, radiologists and other medical practitioners.