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NORA Manufacturing Sector Strategic Goals

927ZFXJ-ZJHW - Cross-Sector Program - Radiation Dose Evaluation

Start Date: 10/1/2011
End Date: 9/30/2015

Principal Investigator (PI)
Name: James Neton
Phone: 513-533-6800
Organization: NIOSH
Sub-Unit: DCAS
Funded By: NIOSH

Primary Goal Addressed
None

Secondary Goal Addressed
None


Attributed to Manufacturing
50%

Project Description

Short Summary

The Cross -Sector Program - Radiation Dose Evaluation, is a project that coordinates the use of scientific research into technical methods, techniques, and applications that are used in radiation dose reconstruction estimations for compensation claim adjudication, exposure assessment strategies for epidemiology studies, and basic research of exposure, dose, and risk assessment.

This project supports the responsibilities under the Energy Employee Illness Compensation Program Act.

This project proposes to hold a workshop on Uncertainty Analysis in Dose/Exposure Estimation to advance the knowledge and understanding of this topic area; establish an Institute steering committee which will foster documentation of technical approaches and methodologies in dose reconstruction, uncertainty analysis, risk modeling; and promote a forum of communication and idea exchange about application strategies of science based knowledge.



Description

The Cross -Sector Program - Radiation Dose Evaluation, is a project that coordinates the use of scientific research into technical methods, techniques, and applications that are used in radiation dose reconstruction estimations for compensation claim adjudication; exposure assessment strategies for epidemiology studies; and basic research of exposure, dose, and risk assessment. Reconstruction of historical dose or exposure is a necessary component of several types of occupational, environmental, and public health research and service efforts; the practical application of scientific and technical understanding about radiation dose and chemical exposure and potential resulting health effects is fundamental to research study design, health evaluation/assessment, and compensation policy/practice.

This project provides a platform for coordination and exchange of information about development of scientific approaches and findings, and the practical application and use of scientific/technical methods in research and public service sectors. The project addresses uncertainty analyses, representativeness of data, data reliability, unmonitored exposures, exposures below the sensitivity of monitoring methods, risk analysis, and risk communication. There is coordination of science across the Institute by the establishment of an internal NIOSH steering committee for Dose Reconstruction", and communication across Division lines, research projects, technical support contractors will be initiated to maximize utilization of techniques and methods.



Mission Relevance

The Cross Sector Program - Radiation Dose Evaluation coordinates the use of scientific research findings into practical applications used in the research or service sectors. This project builds on information from the NORA Sector programs of Cancer, and Exposure Assessment. The experience from the application of science in estimating radiation dose for adjudication of cancer-related compensation claims and determining the probability of causation associated with that estimated exposure and cancer has considerable benefit to offer other areas of scientific research and public health service systems. Scientists who are engaged in epidemiology, exposure assessment, risk assessment, risk communications, etc., as well as public service program managers may benefit from the coordination of scientific and technical products produced from this project This project builds on information from the NORA Sector programs of Cancer, and Exposure Assessment. The experience from the application of science in estimating radiation dose for adjudication of cancer-related compensation claims and determining the probability of causation associated with that estimated exposure and cancer has considerable benefit to offer other areas of scientific research and public health service systems.



Page last updated: June 3, 2011
Page last reviewed: May 23, 2011
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Office of the Director

 

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