2005, faculty and staff from our center have partnered with Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) and the Department of Energy (DOE) to administer the National Supplemental Screening Program (NSSP). This program provides free medical screenings to former DOE site workers, as part of the DOE's "Former Worker
Program." Former employees of national energy laboratories
and nuclear weapons facilities are screened for occupationally-related health conditions,
such as chronic respiratory illnesses, hearing loss, kidney or liver disease,
and certain cancers. In addition, the NSSP screening identifies other
significant health problems such as diabetes, hypertension, and lipid disorders. The NSSP succeeds, in part, because of its close
connection with our occupational medicine experts.
We have screened more than 17,000 former energy site workers since the program began. About 41% of those screened have been diagnosed
with a work-related condition and 96% have been diagnosed with a
non-work-related health condition, according to a 2016 study. Tens of thousands of workers have sought follow up care and
received federal compensation as a result of this program.
more information, please visit orau.org/nssp.