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ORAU Wins NIOSH Dose Reconstruction Contract

May 6, 2009

ORAU Wins NIOSH Dose Reconstruction Contract

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) this week awarded a contract to a team headed by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) based out of Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Under the new contract, ORAU and its partners will continue to support NIOSH and its work under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act, or EEOICPA. The ORAU team will be helping to collect data related to claims and petitions, conducting dose reconstruction research, conducting claimant interviews, overseeing the Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) petitioning process, and estimating occupational radiation doses. Results of the completed dose reconstructions are ultimately provided to the claimant and the U.S. Department of Labor for use in adjudicating claims filed under EEOICPA.

Partnering with ORAU are Dade Moeller & Associates, Inc. and MJW Technical Services, Inc.  Dade Moeller & Associates is an employee-owned business specializing in occupational and environmental health sciences. Headquartered in Richland, Wash., Dade Moeller & Associates has 10 regional offices within the U.S. MJW Technical Services, Inc., a privately owned business located in Olean, New York, is a premier radiological consulting company providing professional and technical services to the nuclear industry.

This is the second contract for this team to complete dose reconstructions for NIOSH. In the past seven years NIOSH and its contractors have:

  • completed more than 34,000 dose reconstructions, including 11,000 dose reconstructions done more than once because of additional or updated information
  • written and had peer reviewed hundreds of technical documents that collectively reconstruct much of the history of the nation’s nuclear weapons complex
  • qualified and evaluated more than 50 special exposure cohort (SEC) applications
  • conducted more than 97,000 interviews with claimants to gather information or explain dose reconstruction results
  • supported more than 74 worker and public meetings
  • conducted more than 197 trips to identify and secure relevant data and records
  • assembled and indexed nearly 63,000 documents into a searchable and retrievable database
  • designed more than 100 computer tools and computer applications specifically for this project
  • transcribed dosimetry data for more than 15,000 energy employees from raw data into electronic spreadsheets compatible with electronic tools

“We’re pleased to have this opportunity to engage with NIOSH under a new contract to carry out this program that is so very important to the workers and their families,” said ORAU Interim President Homer Fisher.

The new contract is for one year with four, one-year options and will require much of the same work that the ORAU team has been doing. With the infrastructure firmly in place, uninterrupted work can continue on dose reconstructions for claimants.

Leading this project is Kate Kimpan, a recognized expert on workers’ compensation insurance data systems and research. Ms. Kimpan has more than 20 years experience in workers’ compensation, workers’ compensation research, and state and federal policy related to EEIOCPA.

This program will be under the direction of Dr. Donna Cragle, a nationally respected ORAU epidemiologist who heads ORAU’s Occupational Exposure and Worker Health Programs and DOE’s National Supplemental Screening Program. Serving as key project advisors are Matt Moeller, CHP, CEO, and President of Dade Moeller & Associates, and Dr. David Dooley, CHP, founder of MJW Technical Services, Inc.  Moeller, who currently serves on the Health Physics Society Board of Directors, has built Dade Moeller & Associates to be a premier company offering health physics expertise. Dr. Dooley has a Ph.D in radiation biology from the University of Buffalo and has been a certified health physicist for 25 years. He has served as project director of The Mound Pre-1989 Dose Assessment Project and as radiological engineering manager at the West Valley Demonstration Project.

While ORAU is based in Oak Ridge, Tenn., the project is managed and the bulk of the work is being conducted from the ORAU team office in Cincinnati, Ohio. The team includes health physicists, industrial hygienists, scientists, and support staff from all three partner organizations.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) is a university consortium leveraging the scientific strength of 100 major research institutions to advance science and education by partnering with national laboratories, government agencies, and private industry. ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education for the U.S. Department of Energy.

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ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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