Occupational Energy Research Program
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The Hanford Site was established in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project. At this time large industrial facilities were built to produce plutonium, which served an important role in the nation's defense. The site’s mission expanded during the Cold War era to include research and development activities associated with the peaceful uses of atomic energy. Today the remains of the facilities and legacy wastes document an important part of the nuclear age story.
Nuclear workers from the Hanford Site have been included in many NIOSH studies. Below are fact sheets that summarize some of the study findings for workers.
Hanford Site mortality update: Age at exposure to ionizing radiation (June 2005)(PDF Document) 49.61KB (2 pages)
Publications from NIOSH studies done at Hanford
United Brotherhood of Carpenters Health and Safety Fund: Health effects of heat on a group of middle-aged construction workers are examined. (2001) Final report, 76 pg. PDF copies: Final report (26 KB), Appendix I, Instruction Manual for Testing (2575 KB), Appendix II, Baseline Medical Questionnaire (82 KB), Appendix II, Pre-Shift Questionnaire (33 KB), Appendix II, Mid-Shift Questionnaire (67 KB), Appendix II, Post-Shift Questionnaire (69 KB), Appendix IV, Outline of Data Analysis (72 KB), Appendix V, Add-On Study of mRNA (148 KB)(PDF Document)
A case control study of multiple myeloma at four nuclear facilities (2000) PDF version of report: pages 1-50 (6566KB); pages 51-100 (3416KB); pages 101-150 (5744KB); pages 151-202 (4283KB).(PDF Document)
Epidemiologic evaluation of childhood leukemia and paternal exposure to ionizing radiation. (1997) Final Report(PDF document) 2.97MB (51pages)
Publications from grant-funded studies done at Hanford
Wing S, Richardson D, Wolf S, Mihlan G, Crawford-Brown D, Wood J (2000). A case control study of multiple myeloma at four nuclear facilities. Ann Epidemiol 10: 144-153.
Gilbert ES, Omohundro E, Buchanan JA, Holter NA (1993). Mortality of workers at the Hanford Site: 1945-1986. (1993) Health Phy 64(6):577-590.
Omohundro E, Gilbert E (1993). An evaluation of the adequacy of vital status follow-up in the Hanford Worker Mortality Study. Richland, WA: Hanford Environmental Health Foundation; (DOE Contract DE-AC06-76RLO 1830, report prepared for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health/Health-Related Energy Research Branch, Cincinnati, OH). Available from NTIS, Springfield, VA; DE94005179, 40 pg.
Gilbert ES, Cragle DL, Wiggs LD (1993). Update analyses of combined mortality data on workers at the Hanford Site, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant. Radiation Res 136:408-421.
Medical screening programs available to workers
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