National security, worker health issues and environmental needs are met through three ORISE laboratories

Among the vital national programs managed for the Department of Energy by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education are three critical laboratory assets—a cytogenetic biodosimetry laboratory, a beryllium lymphocyte proliferation testing laboratory and a radiochemistry laboratory that analyzes environmental samples. Together, these laboratories provide services that support the country’s national security, worker health and environmental clean-up needs. 

Beryllium Testing Laboratory
One of only three in the United States, the lab performs the beryllium lymphocyte proliferation test (BeLPT), a primary diagnostic test to determine if workers exposed to beryllium, an element that is used as a metal and alloy in nuclear power reactors and in weapons assemblies, have become sensitized to it. The sensitization can be an indicator of chronic beryllium disease.

Cytogenetic Biodosimetry Laboratory 
Helping to strengthen our nation’s ability to respond to a mass casualty radiation incident, this laboratory utilizes proven techniques to help calculate radiation exposure doses for victims should there be an attack involving radiological or nuclear materials affecting a large population.

Radiological and Environmental Analytical Laboratory (REAL)
One of only a few environmental laboratories that performs independent analysis of environmental samples, construction materials, waste materials, and other sample types, the laboratory supports the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Defense Logistics Agency.