Development and piloting of an exposure database and surveillance system for DOE cleanup operations

LaMontagne, Anthony D., Van, Dyke Michael V., Martyny, John W., Simpson, Mark W., Holwager, Lee Ann, Clausen, Bret M. and Ruttenber, A. James 2002, Development and piloting of an exposure database and surveillance system for DOE cleanup operations, American Industrial Hygiene Association journal, vol. 63, no. 2, pp. 213-224, doi: 10.1080/15428110208984707.

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Title Development and piloting of an exposure database and surveillance system for DOE cleanup operations
Author(s) LaMontagne, Anthony D.ORCID iD for LaMontagne, Anthony D.
Van, Dyke Michael V.
Martyny, John W.
Simpson, Mark W.
Holwager, Lee Ann
Clausen, Bret M.
Ruttenber, A. James
Journal name American Industrial Hygiene Association journal
Volume number 63
Issue number 2
Start page 213
End page 224
Total pages 12
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2002
ISSN 1542-8117
Keyword(s) nuclear weapons plants
environmental aspects
hazardous waste site remediation
industrial hygiene
Summary An industrial hygiene exposure database and surveillance system was developed in partnership between National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-funded independent investigators and practicing industrial hygienists at the Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site (RFETS) in Golden, Colo. RFETS is a former U.S. Department of Energy nuclear weapons plant that is now in cleanup phase. This project is presented as a case study in the development of an exposure database and surveillance system in terms that are generalizable to most other industries and work contexts. Steps include gaining organizational support; defining system purpose and scope; defining database elements and coding; planning practical and efficient analysis strategies; incorporating reporting capabilities; and anticipating communication strategies that maximize the probability that surveillance findings will feed back to preventive applications. For each of these topics, the authors describe both general considerations as well as the specific choices made for this system. An important feature of the system is a two-tier task-coding scheme comprising 33 categories of task groups. Examples of grouped analyses of exposure data captured during the system pilot period demonstrate applications to exposure control, medical surveillance, and other preventive measures. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/15428110208984707
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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