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Excerpts from the Report of the Safety and Industrial Health Advisory Board
Subject Terms:
Industrial Hygiene; Public Health; Safety; Worker Health
Document Location:
DOE INFORMATION CENTER 1 Way, Oak Ridge, TN 37831; Eva Butler; Phone: 865-241-4780; Toll-Free: 800-382-6938, Option 6; FAX: 865-574-3521; Email:
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Health, Safety and Environment\Public Health and Safety
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Publication Date:
1948 Apr 02
Declassification Date:
1957 Jun 17
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Originating Research Org.:
Atomic Energy Commission
OpenNet Entry Date:
1995 Mar 10
The purpose is to promptly study and correct radiation and other hazards to public health, both immediate and long range, and to make greater use of the cooperation of public health authorities and outside consultants. Interchange of information, management of wastes, water supply, radiation protection, employee hygiene and health, public health, central safety and health committees, health physics, and technolgoical issues are addressed. "Sins of emissions" pertains to lack of evidence supporting Hanford claims that there is no danger of pollution of the Columbia, the fact that the AEC has not profited from the vast experience of industry in coping with stack pollution problems, that stack heights in all AEC areas are low, and that no stack heaters are used. Multiplicity of hood discharges in the Tech Area of Los Alamos were especially of concern. Regarding tolerance limits for radioactive and toxic materials, the Board found little evidence that the maximum allowable levels established during the war were reviewed by medical officers and public health officials normally concerned with and responsible for such problems in civilian life. Furthermore, the Board states that the limits used from area to area were not uniform, apparently reflecting disagreements in philosphy regarding the protections which should be afforded to the individuals exposed.

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