Occupational Energy Research Program
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Oak Ridge Facilities (K-25, Y-12, X-10)
In 1943, the Oak Ridge facilities were constructed near Knoxville, Tennessee. As was the purpose of the majority of nuclear facilities during this time, Oak Ridge was tasked with developing an atomic bomb. Three facilities were built:
Nuclear workers from the Oak Ridge facilities have been included in many NIOSH studies. Below are fact sheets that summarize some of the study findings for workers.
Publications from NIOSH studies done at Oak Ridge
evaluation of childhood leukemia and paternal exposure to ionizing
radiation (2001) Final Report.
of data for DOE site remediation workers. (2001) Final Report.
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)
Study of mortality among female nuclear weapons workers.
(2000) Final Report, 447 pg.
Dose estimation from daily and weekly dosimetry
data. (2000) 44 pg.
Publications from grant-funded studies done at Oak Ridge facilities
Frome EL, Cragle DL, Watkins JP, Wing S, Shy CM, Tankersley WG, West CM (1997)]. A mortality study of employees of the nuclear industry in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Radiation Res 148:64-80.
Loomis D, Wolf S (1996). Mortality of workers at a nuclear materials production plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 1947-1990. Am J Ind Med, 29:131-141.
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.
Wing S, Shy CM, Wood
JL, Wolf S, Cragle
at Oak Ridge
JAMA 265(11): 1397-1402.
Medical screening programs available to workers
Building Trades National Medical
Worker Health Protection