A major milestone was reached in June of this year – over 100,000 exams have now been provided to former workers since the inception of the program. Since 1996, the program has made great strides in addressing the occupational health legacy of the Department’s 70-plus years of nuclear weapons design and production. We at the Office of Health, Safety and Security are especially proud of the emphasis we place on the importance of serving our workers. The Former Worker Medical Screening Program (FWP) is a prime example of DOE’s commitment to its workforce and demonstrates the feasibility and value of conducting targeted medical screening programs for occupational diseases.
The FWP was mandated by the U.S. Congress as part of Section 3162 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 1993 (Public Law 102-484). Since 1996, the FWP has provided ongoing medical screening examinations, at no cost, to all interested and eligible former DOE Federal, contractor, and subcontractor workers from all DOE sites. The medical screening exams offered by the FWP are designed to detect work-related health effects from a range of potentially hazardous exposures. Exams are offered at clinics in communities near DOE sites, as well as through a large network of health clinics nationwide to allow services to be provided near most workers’ residences. In fact, this vast network of clinics has allowed the FWP to provide participant exams in all 50 States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines.