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Remediation workers' exposure assessment feasibility study at the Department of Energy's Hanford site phase I: report.

Zimmerman TD; Back DA; Davisson MS
NIOSH 1999 Jun; :1-292
This document addresses and identifies historic (November 1989 to June 1998), present (June 1998 -June 1999), and proposed (June 1999 and beyond) remediation worker demographics, available radiological and chemical exposure data, worker activities, and demonstrated/deployed Hanford remediation technologies. In many cases, accelerated clean up schedules are planned for DOE sites across the country with the intention of site remediation within the scope of a ten year period. This worker population, which might encounter hazards that it's predecessors (i.e., production workers) were not exposed to, may vanish upon completion of these tasks. The first phase of this study will address, identify, and summarize documentation regarding this work force for use as a foundation upon which further studies will be built. For the purpose of this study, only workers with "hands-on" or full involvement! participation in site remediation activities will be addressed; no administrative support (i.e., office managers, clerical support, etc.), or security support (i.e. guards) will be included in the defined remediation worker population. Site remediation efforts undertaken prior to November 1989, when Hanford was not yet included on the National Priorities List (NPL), are not addressed in this study. Workers that utilize buildings or structures which have been "free released" for public or private industry will also not be addressed in this study.
Hazardous-materials; Radioactive-wastes; Work-environments; Personnel-monitoring; Health-hazards; Waste-disposal; Waste-management; Radioactive-contamination; Risk-assessment
Publication Date
Document Type
Final Contract Report
Funding Amount
Funding Type
Contract; Purchase Order
Fiscal Year
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Contract-200-98-2006; Task-Order-9821
NIOSH Division
Priority Area
Exposure Assessment Methods; Research Tools and Approaches;
Source Name
National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
TRI-S Inc., Cincinnati, OH. Dynamic Science, Inc., Cincinnati, OH.
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division