[ RadSafe ] NIOSH Publication: Study of cancer among INEEL Workers.

John Jacobus crispy_bird at yahoo.com
Mon Oct 24 11:17:54 CDT 2005

If you are aware to this report or this news was
posted recently, I am sorry for the duplication.

The 283 page report is at

NIOSH Publication No. 2005-131: 

An Epidemiologic Study of Mortality and
Radiation-Related Risk of Cancer Among Workers at the
Idaho National Engineering and Environmental
Laboratory, A U.S. Department of Energy Facility: 
NIOSH Occupational Energy Research Program Final
  This study is an all-cause cohort mortality study to
evaluate causes and numbers of deaths among workers at
the INEEL facility, and to determine if and how past
radiation exposures were associated with cancers among
INEEL workers. This study included 63,561 civilian
workers employed by the Department of Energy (DOE),
its contractors and subcontractors, or the Naval
Reactors Facility (NRF) at the INEEL at any time
between 1949 and the end of 1991. Causes of death
prior to 12/31/1999 were obtained for deceased workers
using the National Death Index and death certificates.
Gamma and neutron radiation doses were estimated for
each worker from individual dosimetry records at the
INEEL and the NRF. Mortality risks for most causes of
death were lower among INEEL workers compared to the
regional population. However, cancer rates were
slightly elevated, and differ by the type of work
conducted at the INEEL. While the results of the study
suggest that there may be a relationship between
workplace radiation exposures and the risk of brain
tumors, leukemia, and lymphatic cancers, the numbers
were not statistically significant. The findings
provide guidance for further research needed to
determine conclusively if past radiation exposures
were associated with a risk of cancer.


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-- John
John Jacobus, MS
Certified Health Physicist
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