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Independent Oversight Review, Department of Energy Contractor - August 2000

August 2000

Review of Department of Energy Contractor Occupational Medicine Programs from December 1998 to June 1999

The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Oversight performed a two-phased review of eight Departmental contractor occupational medicine programs. The first phase of the review was completed in September 1998 and the second phase in December 1999. To conduct the review, Oversight teamed with the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), a non-profit accreditation organization for health-care facilities.

The results of the second-phase review reflected many of those addressed in the interim report. Upon completion of the two-phased review, six of the eight programs were found to share three common issues: the exclusion of medical personnel involvement in site ES&H initiatives; inadequate occupational health and medical practices for subcontractor employees; and the absence of medical program requirements in site-assessment and feedback activities. One significant difference between the second-phase review and the first was that three occupational medicine programs achieved AAAHC accreditation in the second phase, where none was awarded in the first.