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Occupational Exposure and Worker Health Studies Success Stories

Laboratory staff conducts blood tests

ORAU offers more than three decades of experience in epidemiology and worker health studies and programs.

From the study of worker exposure history to the collection and analysis of worker health history data, our breadth of experience allows us to design a customized study or program to meet your unique needs.

In addition to ongoing work for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), we provide epidemiologic assistance and expertise to other government agencies and major industries. The stories provided here highlight some of our recent successes.

ORAU provides support to a strong nuclear safety culture at Y-12

ORAU worked side-by-side with Y-12 staff, beginning in 2013 and throughout 2014, to develop and implement a nuclear safety culture improvement and sustainment program.

Workers behind radiation control areaORAU serves as co-investigator in study of radiation effects on one million U.S. workers

ORAU is playing a key role in the largest-of-its kind study in the United States on the effects of long-term worker exposure to low-dose radiation that encompasses more than one million workers.

ORAU Beryllium LabORAU Beryllium Lab provides more than 20 years of health testing for beryllium workers

Since performing its first beryllium lymphocyte proliferation test, or BeLPT, in 1993 as part of the Y-12 Beryllium Workers Research Study, the ORISE Beryllium Laboratory program has expanded to test workers from DOE faciliities across the complex. In FY13, ORAU health professionals at the laboratory performed nearly 4,100 BeLPTs with zero errors.

ORAU collaborates on successful design of electronic medical records system

ORAU teamed with its National Supplemental Screening Program partner Axion Health, to design an electronic records system for Argonne National Laboratory.

ORAU supporting NIOSH dose reconstruction for former energy workers

ORAU and its partners, MJW Technical Services and Dade Moeller & Associates, Inc., are reconstructing the radiation doses received by workers at various U.S. Department of Energy sites and contractor facilities for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

ORAU performing dose reconstruction for Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)

ORAU supports the “atomic veterans” dose reconstruction program by providing quality reviews of completed dose reconstruction reports and conducting independent technical reviews of DTRA’s procedures and supporting documents.