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AWE and its staff participate in collaborative studies of worker health in order to help provide information on the risks of exposure to radiation at low levels. The studies that AWE participates in are record-based epidemiology studies investigating deaths and cancer rates among radiation workers. Epidemiological studies underpin the current risk estimates that are used to set dose limits for occupational and public exposures to radiation. No personal identifiable information is made available in the statistical analyses reported by these studies.
The NRRW is a study of rates and causes of deaths (mortality) and cancer incidence among nuclear workers in the UK. It is run by Public Health England (PHE). AWE provides some identifying information (name, sex, date of birth, national insurance number) to PHE so that information on death or cancer incidence can be collected from NHS Digital. AWE Dosimetry Service also provides information on the doses received on an annual basis.
Participation in the NRRW is voluntary and a worker can opt-out from the study by informing the Dosimetry Service at AWE.
Reports from the NRRW are available on the .GOV website. More information on the NRRW can be obtained by contacting the Radiation Epidemiology Group at PHE’s Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The AWE workforce study is based on employees at the atomic weapons establishments during the period 1951 and 1982. The data for this study, along with data for workers from BNFL and UKAEA, is maintained on a database managed by Nuvia plc. This database is updated with mortality and cancer incidence from NHS Digital. AWE provides doses for those people still working at AWE.
Participation in the AWE Workforce Study is voluntary. No workers joining since 1982 have been added to the study but anyone who is a member of the original cohort can opt-out by informing AWE Dosimetry Service. They can also provide more information on this study.