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NIOSH Testimony on the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard by A. Robbins, June 19, 1979.
NIOSH 1979 Jun:8 pages
This testimony concerned the status of a NIOSH epidemiologic study of workers at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNS) in Kittery, Maine. The purpose of the study was to determine whether the workers were experiencing an increased rate of cancer or other health effects as a result of exposure to ionizing radiation and other occupational exposures. NIOSH first learned of a potential problem among these workers from a preliminary study based on evaluation of death certificates of 1722 former shipyard workers and interviews with the next of kin of 592 workers. A team was sent to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard to determine whether workers were experiencing ill effects from the exposure to low level ionizing radiation. The criteria for the government studies were outlined. The study at Portsmouth began in March of 1978. A short term study was conducted to reevaluate the death records obtained in the earlier noted study. The second study was to be a comprehensive retrospective cohort mortality and case control study. This second study was targeted for completion in January of 1981. Approximately 27,000 civilian employees have been identified as having worked at the PNS since 1954. It was not expected that the results of this study alone will establish a safe level of exposure to ionizing radiation; however, it will be a large step along the way.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Testimony; Robbins-A; Epidemiology; Shipyard-workers; Shipyard-industry; Occupational-exposure; Radiation-exposure; Radiation-hazards;
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