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Radiation Exposure

The NIEHS Worker Training Program (WTP), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Program, supports the development and delivery of site-specific, quality training to workers who are involved or may be involved in hazardous substance response or emergency response at DOE nuclear weapons facilities. These training programs provide workers with the skills required to recognize and respond to the risks inherent in working at nuclear facilities and with radioactive waste and materials.

This page provides safety and health resources for workers who may be involved in the handling, disposal, and transportation of radioactive waste. Please visit our DOE Site Cleanup page for additional resources related to hazardous materials and waste generation, removal, containment, transportation, and emergency response within the DOE nuclear weapons complex, or our Radiological Dispersion Devices (RDDs) page for additional resources related to radiological emergency response.

Training Resources

The National Clearinghouse creates training tools to aid in the development of awareness-level courses or other awareness-level materials. These tools provide health and safety guidance to those involved in disaster response and cleanup activities. Companion booklets are pocket guides that can be distributed with the training and used as a resource when workers are on a disaster site. To order hard copies of these booklets, please complete the Booklet Order Form.

Earthquake Training Tool – 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Response

This training tool addresses hazards specific to the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami response, including radiological hazards created by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

In English:

In Japanese:

RDD/Dirty Bomb Training Tool

WTP Awardee Resources

Federal Links and Documents

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Government Accountability Office (GAO)

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)


Other Links and Documents

Radiation and Radioactive Waste – General Information

Research Articles and Reports – Safety Risks and Health Effects

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