FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 22, 2014
The NSSP provides free valuable diagnostic health information to former DOE energy workers that include physical and medical testing related to occupational exposures.
Oak Ridge, Tenn.—The Department of Energy is offering free health checkups for former employees at the Reactive Metals, Inc. site in Ashtabula, Ohio.
The National Supplemental Screening Program (NSSP), which is managed by ORAU for DOE, provides the checkups for conditions related to occupational exposures such as solvents, radiation and beryllium. The customized screenings are designed to identify occupational diseases such as chronic respiratory illnesses, hearing loss, eye injury, kidney or liver disease, and some forms of cancer related to these occupational exposures.
“The NSSP medical screening exam is tailored to the specific exposures in the workplace,” said ORAU’s John McInerney, M.D. “While this program has been available for the last few years, many former Ashtabula workers have yet to take advantage of the free medical screening.”
Any former employee at the Reactive Metals, Inc., also known as RMI, facility in Ashtabula, retired or separated, is eligible for the free exam. The medical screening protocol is standardized by DOE and provides blood and urine laboratory tests, chest x-rays, a hearing test and a physical examination. When appropriate, specialized screenings for beryllium, asbestos, solvents, and Class 3B and 4 lasers are offered.
The NSSP uses a nationwide network of clinics to provide medical evaluations to former DOE employees, regardless of where they are living today. For the great majority of former workers, the NSSP is able to provide a medical evaluation within 50 miles of their home.
The results are analyzed and a written report is provided to the former worker and, if requested, to their personal physician. Recommendations for follow up and resources for compensation, if appropriate, will be provided. All results are confidential, with the release of information provided only to those designated and as required by law.
To sign up for an examination, workers should call 1-866-812-6703 (toll free). For more information workers can visit the NSSP website. Former construction workers should call the Building Trades program, BTMed, at 1-888-464-0009.
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