What is the NSSP?
ORAU coordinates the evaluation of DOE former workers through the National Supplemental Screening Program (NSSP). Through the NSSP, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) offers free customized medical screenings to their former workers who may have been exposed to hazardous substances on the job site. Former workers include eligible DOE federal, contractor, and subcontractor workers. The screenings are designed to identify findings consistent with occupational diseases such as chronic respiratory illnesses, hearing loss, kidney or liver disease, and some forms of cancer.
Oak Ridge Associated Universities—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 —implements this program by:
- Leveraging a nationwide network of clinics to provide medical evaluations to DOE former workers, regardless of where they are living today
- Providing a secure paperless system for transferring patient information among the partners
- Using leading occupational medicine groups to design the exams, to review all findings, and to prepare the results letter for each participant
ORAU and its Partners
Learn more about ORAU and its partners:
Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security, and health. Through specialized teams of experts and access to a consortium of more than 150 major colleges and universities, ORAU works with federal, state, local, and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. ORAU manages the NSSP and provides expertise in occupational health, and in exposure data and assessment.
Cority Software (Cority, formerly Axion Health) provides environmental, health, safety, quality (EHS&Q), and sustainability data management and compliance solutions to 1,400 customers in 120 countries. Cority provides electronic infrastructure that assists in the administration of the NSSP.
Comprehensive Health Services, an Acuity International Company (Acuity International, formerly Comprehensive Health Services Inc.) operates a network of fully equipped occupational medicine clinics within 60 miles of every zip code in the United States. This nationwide distribution of clinics allows many DOE former workers the opportunity to have a medical screening exam close to home.
The Center for Health Work & Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health works with the NSSP by providing participant and physician education, reviewing medical files and protocols, preparing results letters, and supporting program-focused research.
National Jewish Health (NJH) is the leading respiratory hospital in the nation, dedicated exclusively to groundbreaking medical research and treatment of patients with respiratory, cardiac, immune, and related disorders. NJH physicians conduct screening exams for DOE former workers, prepare results letters, and review results with the NSSP team. NJH also performs beryllium lymphocyte proliferation tests (BeLPTs) and provides NIOSH-certified b-read interpretation services.