ORISE beryllium laboratory in Oak Ridge accredited for the third time since 2009

July 14, 2015

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—The College of American Pathologists, or CAP, has accredited the beryllium laboratory in Oak Ridge for the third time since the laboratory’s first accreditation in 2009. The laboratory is managed by ORAU for the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.

The laboratory is one of only three labs nationwide that performs the beryllium lymphocyte proliferation test. This test determines if a patient has developed a sensitization to beryllium, which could evolve into chronic beryllium disease. Exposure to the lightweight metal is often encountered by inhaling beryllium dust particulates in an industrial workplace setting.

During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control procedures for the preceding two years. This includes examining staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and records, and overall management. The CAP accreditation program was established in the early 1960s and remains one of the most stringent lab certification programs recognized by the federal government.

In its letter announcing the continued accreditation, the CAP Accreditation Committee congratulated ORAU for its management of the beryllium laboratory and the excellence of the services that are provided.

“Achieving accreditation for the third time is a major accomplishment for ORISE. This undoubtedly reflects the dedication and diligence of the beryllium lab staff,” said the laboratory’s director, Donna Cragle, Ph.D. and ORAU senior vice president. “Our customers expect and receive only the utmost quality work from the beryllium lab staff.”

Since operations began in 1992, the laboratory has processed more than 65,000 tests and maintains an error rate of less than 0.25 percent.

Inquiries regarding the test and how to access lab services can be sent to occ.health@orau.org.

College of American Pathologists
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The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) asset that is dedicated to enabling critical scientific, research, and health initiatives of the department and its laboratory system by providing world class expertise in STEM workforce development, scientific and technical reviews, and the evaluation of radiation exposure and environmental contamination. 

ORISE is managed by ORAU, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, for DOE’s Office of Science. The single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, the Office of Science is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit science.osti.gov.