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NIOSH Testimony on Low Level Ionizing Radiation by W. E. Halperin, May 19, 1982.
NIOSH 1982 May:6 pages
This testimony presented before the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight of the Committee on Science and Technology concerned the possibility that research in any or all of the epidemiologic modalities would be valuable at current levels of exposure to radioactive agents. NIOSH recently studied kidney damage in 39 uranium processors. These workers ground uranium ore and processed it to a yellow cake which is a feedstock for uranium enrichment facilities. The findings suggested that the workers had sustained some damage. This study suggests two types of research. First, a reassessment is called for of the methods now in use to test for kidney damage in uranium workers and second, the frequency with which uranium workers undergo urine tests for uranium (7440611) should be examined. Chromosomal analysis also offers potential usefulness in the area of radiation damage. Such studies can be evaluated as a means to assess the adequacy of current radiation standards. The usefulness of epidemiologic studies also must not be underestimated. The choice of a particular study depends on the feasibility and on the potential usefulness of the information in preventing further harm to workers.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Testimony; Halperin-W-E; Radiation-exposure; Uranium-miners; Uranium-ore; Epidemiology; Urinalysis; Chromosome-damage; Biological-monitoring; Analytical-methods;
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