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Former Worker Medical Screening Program Data

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The DOE Former Worker Medical Screening Program (FWP) supports the Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security's mission and strategic response by funding external teams of health experts to independently offer medical screening, at no cost, to former workers who may be at significant risk for occupational diseases. Workers eligible for this program include all former DOE Federal, contractor, and subcontractor employees from all DOE sites.

The FWP was first established in 1992 following the issuance of the 1993 Defense Authorization Act (PL 102-484), which called for DOE to assist workers with determining whether they had health issues that may be related to their prior work with DOE. Site- and population-specific medical screening efforts were initiated in 1996. The FWP has been conducted using cooperative agreements held by consortia of universities, labor unions, and commercial organizations with expertise in the administration of medical programs.

These medical screening projects provide notification to members of the groups at risk and free medical screening examinations for interested individuals. These examinations have been designed to check for adverse health outcomes related to occupational exposures (such as beryllium, asbestos, silica, welding fumes, lead, cadmium, chromium, and solvents).

Most participants of the FWP have been reassured that they were not harmed, and those with medical findings have been assisted with referral for medical follow-up and/or to the Department of Labor's Energy Employee Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICP).

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