Study of mortality among female nuclear weapons workers.
Wilkinson GS; Trieff N; Graham R; Priore RL
NIOSH, 2000 May; :1-440
A strong health worker effect, similar to that observed among male nuclear weapons workers is observed for the entire pooled cohort of female nuclear weapons workers, and for all of the individual subcohorts with the exception of Linde workers. Increased mortality from mental disorders (Standardized Mortality Ratio)(SMR=147), certain genito-urinary system diseases (SMR=129), as well as symptoms and ill-defined conditions. For most causes of death, mortality among female workers is lower than expected. The healthy worker effect is observed among workers who were badged and among those who were not badged for external exposures. The SMR (observed/expected X 100) for all causes of death combined is 78 for unbadged and 69 for badged workers. Mortality is elevated among both badged and unbadged women for mental disorders. Increased mortality is experienced among unmonitored employees for deaths from symptoms and ill defined conditions does not differ from that expected, and is less than expected for diseases of the genito-urinary system and homicide.
Nuclear-radiation; Radiation-hazards; Radiation-monitoring; Mortality-rates; Women
Final Grant Report
NTIS Accession No.
Grant-Number-R01-CCR-612934; Grant-Number-R01-OH-003274; Grant-Number-R01-CCR-214546
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, 270 Farber Hall, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY