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Occupational Health

Is your industry regulated for occupational exposures to radiation, heavy metals, chemicals, or other potential hazards to your workforce?

If so, compliance with federal regulations can be time-consuming and requires knowledge of the applicable laws and standards. Employers must control for occupational exposures, provide ongoing worker health screenings and surveillance, interpret the findings, and continually report exposure data and health outcomes.

ORAU has more than 30 years of experience managing comprehensive health programs for a wide range of occupational exposures, helping our clients ensure they stay compliant with industry regulations. We can design and manage a customized, scalable health program for your employees—whether for current or former workers, large or small cohorts, single or multiple exposures, or local or nationwide clinical networks—to ensure you are meeting regulatory requirements.

Together with our partners, we have the expertise to provide targeted exposure screenings, total wellness evaluations, illness and injury surveillance, and even historical exposure assessments such as radiation dose reconstruction.

Impact Areas

What is medical screening and surveillance?

In occupational medicine, screening is used to determine if certain medical conditions may be attributable to occupational exposures. Following an individual on a regular basis in medical surveillance is prudent as many occupational diseases have a long latency period.

What is medical screening and surveillance?

NIOSH Radiation Dose Reconstruction Project

Since its inception in 2002, the NIOSH Radiation Dose Reconstruction Program has yielded thousands of claims successfully processed for workers’ compensation. Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, the program helps ensure that energy workers who developed cancers from occupational radiation exposures—or surviving family members—are rightfully compensated for their illnesses.

Learn more about the NIOSH project

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National Supplemental Screening Program

Under the National Supplemental Screening Program (NSSP), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) offers free customized medical screenings to former energy workers who may have been exposed to hazardous substances on the job site. ORAU, along with its partners National Jewish Health, Acuity International, Cority Software, and the Center for Health, Work & Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health, manages this program.

Learn more about the NSSP

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Contact us

For more information about ORAU's epidemiology and exposure science programs, contact us at (865) 576-3115 or .

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