Screening exam

The screening exam begins with a health and exposure history questionnaire to gather information about possible occupationally related health conditions such as:

  • Hearing loss
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Chronic respiratory disease
  • Some forms of cancer

The medical screening is customized to your exposure and work site history, but may include:

  • Physical exam
  • Blood tests
  • Spirometry (lung function test)
  • Chest X-ray
  • Audiogram (hearing test)
  • Urine tests
  • Fecal occult blood test

The NSSP screening includes special tests for workers exposed to various substances, such as:

  • Beryllium
  • Asbestos
  • Epoxy resins
  • Radioactive substances

All parts of the exam are voluntary, so participants may choose to receive some or all of the tests offered. 

Rescreening exams

The U.S. Department of Energy has authorized rescreening exams for former workers. These exams are available at three-year intervals. The rescreening exam can include the whole medical protocol. Rescreening is helpful to detect conditions that may develop over time, even long after exposure has ceased.