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Hazards Assessments

ORAU can assess federal and private industry facilities for the presence of radiation, beryllium and other toxins

Worker assessing radiation

Whether you need an assessment of retrospective exposures to radiation, beryllium, or other toxic substances, or you need other hazards assessment services, ORAU can analyze accumulated data to identify potential workplace exposure hazards.

A case in point is ORAU’s work for the major science company DuPont. where we have helped determine whether workers exposed to titanium dioxide had significantly higher risks of lung cancer and chronic respiratory disease than unexposed groups. Worker cohorts at three DuPont titanium-dioxide-producing plants are included in the study.

ORAU is also relied upon by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to examine worker exposures to beryllium, mercury, nickel, uranium and plutonium, as well as manage the Radiation Exposure Monitoring System (REMS), a database of occupational radiation exposures for all monitored DOE employees, contractors, subcontractors and members of the public. REMS has been used as an important source of information in health and medical studies, radiation dose reconstructions and overall worker exposure data for the DOE worker population.

At the direction of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), ORAU also manages occupational radiation exposure data using a computer-based information management system known as the Radiation Exposure Information Reporting System (REIRS). This system is used to provide radiation exposure reports for current and former NRC workers. Data from REIRS form the basis for several NRC technical documents.

ORAU has the expertise to evaluate and manage monitoring programs and procedures and we are a trusted resource for other hazards assessment services, including:

  • Linkage of exposure data to employee rosters
  • Preparation of assessment protocols
  • Designing and testing of dose assignment protocols
  • Reconstruction of retrospective plant operation and health and safety programs