Skip to main content

Worker Health & Epidemiology

Answering important questions about how exposures or other factors contribute to disease

From epidemiology and health surveillance studies to organizational culture evaluations—ORAU's worker health studies research focuses on workplace hazards and the occupational health and safety of workers. The foundation of our expertise stems from more than 50 years of collecting, managing and analyzing occupational data on current and former workers—many of whom supported U.S. Department of Energy missions that date back to the Manhattan Project (WWII 1940s).

If you are interested in conducting research that involves the study of worker populations and workplace exposures, we can match you with our worker health and epidemiology experts for a deeper dive into research that aims to answer important questions about how exposures or other factors contribute to the development of diseases, including cancer.

Research focus areas

  • Epidemiology/exposure risk assessments
  • Safety culture assessments
  • Organizational culture assessments
  • Impact of opioid abuse on the workforce
  • Worker performing safety inspection

    ORAU develops a new theoretical model for nuclear security culture

    Jeff Miller, Ph.D., C.I.H., C.S.P., along with ORAU health communications expert Julie Crumly, Ph.D., spent months brainstorming the possibility of a new security culture model that could be applied to nuclear facilities and help explain why some organizations are more successful than others at protecting our nation’s nuclear assets.

    Continue reading

  • Caution - Radioactive Materials sign

    30,000 nuclear workers surveyed on safety cultures in their workplaces

    ORAU has performed periodic, comprehensive evaluations of nuclear industry workforces and practices in an effort to monitor and continuously improve safety culture.

    Continue reading

  • Historical photo of energy workers

    Assessing radiation exposures for energy workers

    Since its inception in 2002, the NIOSH Radiation Dose Reconstruction Program has yielded thousands of claims successfully processed for workers’ compensation.

    Continue reading

Our Experts

Jeff Miller

Jeffrey R. Miller, Ph.D.

Expertise: Occupational exposure assessment, safety culture evaluation, chronic beryllium disease worker protection programs

  • Chair, American Board of Industrial Hygiene, 2017-2018
  • Keynote speaker, International Symposium on Beryllium Particles and Detection, November 2017
  • Co-author, “Guide to Monitoring and Improving Safety Cultures,” Energy Facilities Contractors Group, April 2017
  • Team member, design team for $6.5B Uranium Processing Facility Project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • Presenter, American Industrial Hygiene Association, Fall Leadership Conference, October 2017
  • 14 years of senior leadership experience; six years as a CEO

Certifications: Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Professional®

Davyda Hammond

Davyda Hammond, Ph.D.

Expertise: Safety culture evaluation, environmental health engineering, qualitative data analysis, statistical analysis, survey administration and evaluation design, project management

Hammond has a wide-array of experience in the design, planning, and execution of nuclear safety culture evaluations for DOE contractors, national laboratories, and commercial customers. She has a doctorate in Environmental Health Engineering, with expertise in both engineering and public health. Her areas of research interest and emphasis include environmental and worker health, research methods, risk assessment, health education, energy systems, and mechanical design. She has 15 years of health and safety research, project management, and engineering experience obtained through her work in industry, academia, and Federal service. She has presented her research at multiple national and international conferences and in several scholarly, peer-reviewed journals.

Sara Howard, M.P.H.

Sara Howard, M.P.H.

Expertise: Epidemiology, biostatistics, occupational health, quantitative and qualitative data analysis

Howard has experience in both quantitative and qualitative data analysis for studies. Her areas of expertise include occupational and environmental exposures and safety culture assessments. Her academic training encompasses public health, epidemiology, and biostatistics.

Contact us

If you have questions about ORAU's Research partnerships, contact 865.576.1717 or .