Medical Screening Programs For Nuclear Workers

Due to the nature of the job, nuclear weapons and energy workers are at heightened risk for developing work-related illnesses. Luckily, there are a number of no cost medical screening programs available to workers. It is imperative current and former employees keep a close eye on their health as they age. Many illnesses won’t show signs of development until well after exposure.

Participating in medical screenings can:

  • Improve your understanding and awareness of health complications that may arise from work related exposures to radiation and chemicals
  • Detect developing health issues early on where medical intervention can be most effective
  • You may be eligible for compensation under the Energy Employee Occupational Illness Compensation Program
  • Potentially help expand benefits and support for nuclear workers. The screening data is used to determine the effects of work-related exposures

Check out these testimonials from workers who have benefited from screenings

This video from the Department of Energy explains the Medical Screening offerings

There are 3 different screening programs covering various sites and plants. Screenings are offered every 3 years.

Building Trades National Medical Screening Program

BTMED’s screenings are specifically for those who worked construction as a contractor or sub-contractor. The following sites are eligible:

  • Amchitka Test Site, Amchitka Island, Alaska
  • Argonne National Laboratory – West, Scoville, Idaho
  • Ashtabula Reactive Metals Extrusion Plant, Ashtabula, Ohio
  • Battelle Laboratories – King Avenue, Columbus, Ohio
  • Battelle Laboratories – West Jefferson, Columbus, Ohio
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York
  • Brush – Luckey, Luckey, Ohio
  • Feed Materials Production Center \ Fernald Closure Project, Fernald, Ohio
  • GE Evendale, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Hanford Reservation, Richland, Washington
  • Huntington Pilot Plant, Huntington, West Virginia
  • Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL), Scoville, Idaho
  • Kansas City Plant, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Mallindkrodt Chemical Co, St Louis, Missouri
  • Mound Plant, Miamisburg, Ohio
  • National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), Franklin, PA
  • Oak Ridge Reservation (K-25, X-10, Y-12), Oak Ridge, TN
  • Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, Paducah, Kentucky
  • Pinellas, Largo, Florida
  • Piqua, Piqua, Ohio
  • Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, Piketon, Ohio
  • Rocky Flats Plant, Golden, Colorado
  • Savannah River Site, Aiken, South Carolina
  • Shippingport Atomic Power Plant, Shippingport, PA
  • Weldon Spring Plant, Weldon Spring, Missouri
  • Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), Carlsbad, NM
  • Yucca Mountain Site Characterization Project, Yucca Mountain, Nevada

For more information visit the BTMED website

The Workers Health Protection Program

No-cost testing is offered to any current or former employees who worked at the following sites:

  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Fernald Feed Materials Production Center
  • Mound Site
  • K-25 Gaseous Diffusion Plant
  • Lawrence Livermore national Laboratory
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Mound Site
  • Nevada Test Site
  • Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant
  • Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant
  • Idaho National Laboratory
  • Sandia/CA National Laboratory
  • Y-12 National Security Complex
  • Oak Ridge National laboratory

For more information visit the WHPP website

National Supplemental Screening Program

NSSP covers workers who no longer live in the vicinity of a regional DOE Former Worker Program. They also cover workers at the following sites:

  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Fermi Lab
  • Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
  • Hanford
  • Kansas City Plant
  • Pinellas Plant
  • Rocky Flats Plant
  • Savannah River Site

For more information visit the NSPP website

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