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Worker Health Studies

ORAU offers robust solutions to meet worker health studies requirements

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:

Epidemiology TrainingEpidemiology Training

ORAU now offers training to help customers understand and explain critical, salient points found in key epidemiological studies and data trends.

Comprehensive Epidemiologic Data ResourceComprehensive Epidemiologic Data Resource (CEDR)

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.

Center for Epidemiologic ResearchCenter for Epidemiologic Research

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.

Data Collection and Health SurveillanceData Collection and Health Surveillance

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.

Hazards AssessmentsHazards Assessments

ORAU analyzes accumulated data to identify potential workplace hazards that can result in occupational exposure and disease.

Information Technology IntegrationInformation Technology Integration

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.

Screening former workers to better address workers’ health issues

DOE’s National Supplemental Screening Program (NSSP) provides free nationwide medical screenings for former energy workers who may have been exposed to hazardous substances at work. The screenings, which may be repeated every three years, target certain occupational diseases, such as respiratory illnesses or cancer, but also identify general health issues such as diabetes.

ORAU has managed the NSSP for DOE for the past 11 years, receiving high satisfaction ratings from 99 percent of the more than 16,000 former energy workers who have participated in the program since it began in 2005. Now with cumulative data from thousands of screenings, the NSSP medical team published “Integrated approach to health screening of former department of energy workers detects both occupational and nonoccupational illness” in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 2016. The publication provides a descriptive look at the NSSP and the initial medical findings obtained from the first 12,000 former DOE participants.

In addition, the report focuses on the NIOSH concept called Total Worker Healthâ„¢ and explains how the NSSP is able to provide occupational and non-occupational findings to improve the overall health of individuals.