Medical Screening Programs

There are three main programs available to provide free medical screenings for former nuclear workers.  The goal is to detect at an early stage any work-related illnesses due to exposure to radiation or other toxic substances.  The medical screenings are offered every three years to former workers.

The Worker Health Protection Program (WHPP) covers the following sites:

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

WHPP is a collaboration between Queens College of the City University of New York, the United Steelworkers, the Atomic Trades & Labor Council of Oak Ridge and the Fernald Atomic Trades & Labor Council.  While the Department of Energy (DOE) funds the program, WHPP is independent of the DOE and the results of the screenings are confidential and not shared with the DOE.

The following tests are included in the medical screening:

  • A Physical Examination
  • Spirometry
  • Chest X-ray
  • Audiometry
  • Urinalysis
  • Complete Blood Test
  • Beryllium Sensitization Test (certain workers only)
  • CT Scan for Lung Cancer (certain workers only)
  • Medical and Occupational Exposure Questionnaires

The WHPP screening exams are conducted at medical facilities that are local or nearby the nuclear facilities so it is convenient to get the screenings done on a regular basis.

The National Supplemental Screening Program (NSSP) covers the following sites:

  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Fermi Lab
  • Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
  • Hanford
  • Kansas City Plant
  • Pinellas Plant
  • Rocky Flats Plant
  • Savannah River Site
  • Also if the former DOE worker cannot be served by other Former Worker Programs because of location, or if they prefer to see their personal physician, they qualify for the NSSP as well.

NSSP works in conjunction with the Oak Ridge Associated Universities, National Jewish Health, Comprehensive Health Services, Axion Health, and the University of Colorado Denver.

The exam, depending on the screening, may include chest x-ray or other specialized exams. The screening is designed to test for occupational diseases

  • Chronic respiratory diseases
  • Hearing loss
  • Kidney or liver disease
  • Some forms of cancer

Former workers are encouraged to participate if exposed to one or more of the following:

  • Asbestos
  • Beryllium
  • Chemicals
  • Diesel exhaust
  • Epoxy Resins
  • Ionizing Radiation, Plutonium, Uranium
  • Metals or Metal Working Fluids
  • Methylene Dianiline
  • Welding Fumes

Building Trades National Medical Screening Program:

The BTNMSP typically covers free medical screening to construction workers who helped build nuclear facilities across the U.S.

  • 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 also known as East Tennessee Technology Park [ETTP], X-10 also known as Oak Ridge National Laboratory [ORNL], 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

We highly encourage former workers to enroll in a screening program and continue to get re-examined every three years.  Early detection of a work-related illness  can make a difference! For additional information or enrollment information, visit  Worker Heath Protection Program , National Supplemental Screening Program or Building Trades National Medical Screening Program.