Database includes radiation dose records for more than 500,000 unique workers

A key safety focus for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is protecting the health and safety of those who work at DOE facilities that use radiation for research and other scientific endeavors. DOE’s Radiation Exposure Monitoring System (REMS), managed by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), is a critical component in the ongoing analysis of data that can help inform vital decisions for DOE’s occupational radiation protection regulations as outlined in Rule 10 CFR 385.

The REMS database provides a means of tracking individual radiation exposures to ensure that exposure limits are not exceeded and that DOE continues to keep worker exposures as low as reasonably achievable. REMS contains data on more than 500,000 unique workers and more than three million radiation records. This includes radiation monitoring data for all DOE employees, contractors, subcontractors and members of the public in areas that require monitoring.

To keep this database current, ORISE annually collects and processes more than 100,000 exposure records from 98 organizations that report data for more than 30 DOE sites. Key indicators derived from this database are analyzed for trends that are then published annually in the Occupational Radiation Exposure Report that ORISE provides to DOE.

REMS provides a means of tracking individual radiation exposures to ensure that exposure limits are not exceeded and that DOE continues to keep worker exposures as low as reasonably achievable. The REMS project began in 1969, but some individual exposure records actually go back as far back as the 1940s, and contains records for all monitored individuals since 1986.

DOE also has an interagency agreement with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to share information and computer systems for this project. ORISE also maintains similar data for the NRC’s Radiation Exposure Information and Reporting System (REIRS).

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