May 2000

NIOSH conducts local health studies

The National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) is currently conducting several occupational health studies under a memorandum of understanding between the Department of Health and Human Services and the DOE Oak Ridge facilities. The following two NIOSH-sponsored studies are nearing completion. This summer, NIOSH and the study investigators will communicate the results of these studies to workers and management at Oak Ridge. For additional information on NIOSH health studies, consult the Web site at

Mortality among female nuclear weapons workers—This study examined the numbers and kinds of death that occurred among 68,338 female nuclear weapons workers who worked before 1980 at selected DOE facilities, including the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Y-12 Plant, and former K-25 Site. The study attempted to see if any relationship exists between certain diseases and exposure to ionizing radiation and non-radiation hazards. Study results will be reported to Oak Ridge workers in June 2000. Contact for further information: Travis Kubale, NIOSH (513) 841-4400.

Prevention of stress and health consequences of downsizing and reorganization—This multi-site study looks at the effects of downsizing on organizational climate, worker health, and safety. The Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant is included in this study and results are expected to be released in June 2000. Contact for further information: Larry Murphy, NIOSH (513) 533-8171.