2002 General Activities on Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) 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.
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.
2002 Data Search and Capture
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN
Work SitesInformation Recovered
Bendix Aviation 1948-1951 Brush Beryllium 1946-1951 Carnegie Institute of Technology 1950 Chapman Valve 1951 Edgerton Germeshausen & Grier, Inc. 1951-1953 General Electric (Neutron Badges) 1952-1953 Harshaw Chemical Co. 1953-1954 Horizons Inc. 1954 Kellex/Pierpont 1953 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1951-1952 Monsanto Chemical Co . 1954 New York Operations Office Misc 1951-1952 New York University 1952-1953 Sylvania 1953-1954 University of Chicago - Metallurgical Labs 1952 Vitro Manufacturing 1952; 1954 Vitro (W. Orange) 1952 Watertown Arsenal 1952
- Fernald Record Holdings
OCAS requested that Fernald search their records database for any information for AWE sites. Fernald submitted the results of their search in November 2002.The search resulted in the identification of over 1,000 records. Each time a record was identified, a printout was generated identifying the type of record. These printouts are currently being reviewed by ORAU for use in dose reconstructions.
- Environmental Measurements Laboratory (EML)
New York, NY
NIOSH and ORAU personnel visited the Environmental Measurements Laboratory (EML) in New York City. More than 40 boxes of records and data were reviewed and found to be necessary for AWE dose reconstruction. Currently, EML is becoming part of the Office of Homeland Security. Therefore, all of the records reviewed were transferred to the DOE Office of Worker Advocacy in Washington DC. OCAS and ORAU personnel coordinated with DOE to obtain copies of the records once the transfer was complete.
- National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
OCAS and ORAU personnel have continued to search for locations of AWE records and have found some in Atlanta, Georgia. Additional information on what type of information or for what sites were recovered will be available once the information is reviewed, indexed, and archived.
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