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Radiation Dose Reconstruction

 

General Activities on Department of Energy (DOE) Cases

DCAS will reconstruct radiation doses by evaluating all appropriate data relevant to which an individual worker or group of workers have been exposed, particularly when radiation monitoring data are unavailable, incomplete, or of poor quality. The data used for the dose reconstructions will be obtained through requests sent to DOE and data search and capture efforts.

2014 Data Search and Capture Efforts for DOE Cases

DCAS along with Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), the contractor hired to support NIOSH's responsibilities under The Act, have been involved in data search and capture efforts. These efforts are being conducted at various DOE sites and federal and private records storage locations throughout the United States to retrieve radiation monitoring data needed to conduct dose reconstructions.

Listed below are the data search and capture efforts for DOE sites that occurred during 2014. When available, we have included the sites for which information was recovered. The most recent efforts are at the top of the list.

To locate a data search and capture effort, click on one of the months below. A list of efforts that occurred during that month will be displayed.

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July Data Search and Capture Efforts
  • Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)
    Oak Ridge, TN

    During this effort, we reviewed 43 boxes of information and retrieved 180 logbooks.

    Work Site
    Information Retrieved
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory Reviewed and captured logbooks (air monitoring records, smear survey data, neutron monitoring data, finger ring data, bioassay data, evidence that construction workers and work areas were monitored, and description of location and controls employed for specific radionuclides).

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  • San Bruno Federal Records Center
    San Bruno, CA

    During this effort, we reviewed 242 boxes of information and retrieved 364 documents.

    Work Site
    Information Retrieved
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Radiological incidents, radiological procedures, radiological surveys, inter-laboratory comparison (bioassay), cyclotron neutron flux readings, bioassay and air sample results, trip reports, human radiation experiment report, instrument calibration, environmental samples, ARIES data, personnel dosimetry summaries, radiological program audits, whole body counting results, bioassay laboratory logbooks, pulse height data, National Tritium Labeling Facility (Bldg 75) procedures, building/room hoods information, Nuclear Chicago logbooks, radiation safety audits, bioassay data and procedures, delinquent sample reports, and annual environmental reports.

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  • Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)
    Oak Ridge, TN

    During this effort, we reviewed eight boxes of information and retrieved 51 logbooks.

    Work Site
    Information Retrieved
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory Reviewed and captured Health Physics logbooks (air monitoring records, smear survey data, neutron monitoring data, finger ring data, bioassay data, evidence that construction workers and work areas were monitored, and description of location and controls employed for specific radionuclides).

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  • DOE Legacy Management - Morgantown
    Morgantown, WV

    During this effort, we reviewed 63 boxes of information and retrieved 68 documents.

    Work Site
    Information Retrieved
    Fernald Thorium Overpack Project, rad worker training for Rust employees (1986), site access requests, Dosimetry Department reports (1986), Bioassay Program QC/QA audit, internal dosimetry Investigation reports, visitor exposure reports, visitor badging policy, dosimeter memos (1986), dose report for Rust Employees (1986), dose reports for subcontractors, employee dose reports, radiation exposure report, 1985 urinalysis summary, 1968 incident report, 1987 exposure investigations, 1984 exposure report, Type C investigation report (1986), employees extremity exposure (1980) and exposure histories (1968).

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  • Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)
    Oak Ridge, TN

    During this effort, we reviewed 31 boxes of information and retrieved 150 logbooks.

    Work Site
    Information Retrieved
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory Reviewed and captured Health Physics logbooks (air monitoring records, smear survey data, neutron monitoring data, finger ring data, bioassay data, evidence that construction workers and work areas were monitored, and description of location and controls employed for specific radionuclides).

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  • Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)
    Oak Ridge, TN

    During this effort, we reviewed 12 boxes of information and retrieved 65 logbooks.

    Work Site
    Information Retrieved
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory Reviewed and captured Health Physics logbooks (air monitoring records, smear survey data, neutron monitoring data, finger ring data, bioassay data, evidence that construction workers and work areas were monitored, and description of location and controls employed for specific radionuclides).

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June Data Search and Capture Efforts
  • Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)
    Oak Ridge, TN

    During this effort, we reviewed seven boxes of information and retrieved 48 documents.

    Work Site
    Information Retrieved
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory Reviewed and captured Health Physics logbooks (air monitoring records, smear survey data, neutron monitoring data, finger ring data, bioassay data, evidence that construction workers and work areas were monitored, and description of location and controls employed for specific radionuclides).

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  • Idaho National Laboratory (INL)
    Idaho Falls, ID

    During this effort, we reviewed 16 boxes of information, retrieved 252 documents, and searched INL's database. We reviewed boxes and interviews conducted with current and former INL employees.

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  • Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)
    Oak Ridge, TN

    Seventeen boxes of information were reviewed and 114 logbooks were retrieved.

    Work Site
    Information Retrieved
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory Continued review and capture of Health Physics logbooks (air monitoring records, smear survey data, neutron monitoring data, finger ring data, bioassay data, evidence that construction workers and work areas were monitored, and description of location and controls employed for specific radionuclides).

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  • Department of Energy Legacy Management
    Morgantown, WV

    Ninety-two boxes and 44 microfilms were reviewed and 207 documents were retrieved.

    Work Site
    Information Retrieved
    Pinellas Plant Quality assurance plan, sampling plan, routine and other radiological survey information, column counting results, stack discharge information, tritium bioassay data, water sample analyses, buried components historical information, air sample data, medical and other X-ray equipment and survey information, health and safety plan, radon screening, characterization report, surveys, and shipment information

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  • Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)
    Oak Ridge, TN

    During this effort, we reviewed 19 boxes of information. We retrieved 93 logbooks and 51 documents.

    Work Site
    Information Retrieved
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory Air sampling data, Health Physics Logbooks (air monitoring records, smear survey data, neutron monitoring data, finger ring data, bioassay data, evidence that construction workers and work areas were monitored, and description of location and controls employed for specific radionuclides)

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  • Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC)
    Cincinnati, OH

    During this effort, 94 boxes of information were reviewed and 124 documents were retrieved.

    Work Site
    Information Retrieved
    Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant (K-25) Decommissioning, decontamination and remediation related primarily to Buildings K-1417, 1420, 1421 and 1422 (work performed by Decon Recovery Services),equipment/area contamination data (no dose rate information), air sample data, initial characterization, final status surveys, work plans, engineering evaluation, survey data, limited exposure data (internal/external), repackaging/relocation of fissile material, site and building plans, and radiation work permits

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May Data Search and Capture Efforts
  • Idaho National Laboratory
    Idaho Falls, ID

    We reviewed 23 boxes of information and retrieved 75 documents for Idaho National Laboratory. The following were retrieved: film calibrations (1952 -1954), neutron data, temporary film badge reports (1969 - 1971), film badge reports (1956 - 1957), external dosimetry cards, neutron-photon surveys, neutron-photon repackaging, monthly samples, photon calibrations, routine and special surveys, pencil dosimeter logs, smear surveys and all area film badge (most likely visitors).

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  • Kansas City Plant
    Kansas City, MO

    During this effort, we reviewed 41 boxes of information for Kansas City Plant. We retrieved 35 documents on the following: employee briefing, area inspections, decontamination and maps, emergency management hazard assessment, unusual occurrence, annual inspection by department, site plot and building plans, chronology of building usage, and environmental assessment.

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  • Kansas City Plant
    Kansas City, MO

    We conducted site interviews and reviewed documents during this trip. No documents were retrieved.

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  • Department of Energy Legacy Management
    Morgantown, WV

    We reviewed 78 boxes of information and retrieved 283 documents during this data search and capture trip.

    Work Site
    Information Retrieved
    Fernald Thorium overpack project, occurrence report, thorium fecal baseline requests, health physics plan for thorium, Plant 9 airborne levels and survey data, radiological surveys for various locations, findings on radiological control program (1997-1998), low level thorium waste characterization, surveillance of air monitoring, radiological program assessment, radiological control technical building, surveillance of personnel air sampling, mixed drum sampling, incidents, thorium bioassay investigation, and site nuclear material inventory

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April Data Search and Capture Efforts
  • Savannah River Site (SRS)
    Aiken, SC


    During this effort, 4,000 pages of neptunium and thorium records were reviewed. Data was extracted to be put into a neptunium report.

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  • Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)
    Oak Ridge, TN


    During this effort, 182 documents and 11 boxes of information were reviewed and 108 documents were retrieved.

    Work Site
    Information Retrieved
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory Technical manuals and radiological survey data

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March Data Search and Capture Efforts
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Oak Ridge, TN


    During this effort, 202 documents were retrieved for Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The documents are going through classification review. Chemistry division and chemical technology division periodic reports, process manual, isotopes separations progress reports, radioactive operations committee reports, and reports pertaining to ten radionuclides of interest were retrieved.

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  • College Park National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
    College Park, MD

    Thirteen boxes of information were reviewed and 68 documents were retrieved. The documents are going through classification review.

    Work Site
    Information Retrieved
    Battelle Laboratories (King Avenue) Myrnalloy and uranium shipping, thorium chips and turnings shipped to Ames Laboratory, thorium and uranium inventory, thorium rolling, rolling of U-AL alloy (~20% enriched)
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Field progress report

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February Data Search and Capture Efforts
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

    Documents from record holdings in the ORNL Records Attic were reviewed to prepare for a future data capture trip.

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  • Iron Mountain
    Boyers, PA

    During this data search and capture effort, 29 boxes of information were reviewed and 46 documents were retrieved. The documents apply to the following work site:

    Work Site
    Information Retrieved
    Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Statement of work related to instrument calibration, instrument calibration worksheets, annual West Annex holdup measurements, confirmatory measurements of Material Balance Area, Cascade general area radiation survey, radiological and operational procedures, engineering evaluation of potential safety significance of neutron conversion factors, and possession of enriched uranium greater than 10%

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  • Center for Epidemiological Research
    Oak Ridge, TN

    Thirteen folders of information were reviewed during this data search effort. The documents apply to the following work site:

    Work Site
    Information Reviewed
    Weldon Spring Plant Reviewed and noted folder contents in case future data capture trip to the site is needed

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Technical Documents Used in Dose Reconstruction

If the energy employee's personal radiation information is incomplete, NIOSH will use other sources to estimate the radiation dose. This may involve using technical documents called Site Profiles, Technical Basis Documents, and Technical Information Bulletins. General information on these documents and a listing of approved technical documents can be found on the Technical Documents Used in Dose Reconstruction page.

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Memorandum of Understanding Between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Energy

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) serves to set forth the authorities, responsibilities, and procedures between the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Energy to conduct statutorily mandated activities required to assist with claims processing under The Act.

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Page last updated: August 15, 2014
Page last reviewed: January 2, 2014
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Division of Compensation Analysis and Support