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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 to 1982. The study is directed by Public Health England with the support of AWE, but the data for this study, along with data for workers from UKAEA, is maintained on a secure database managed by Nuvia plc. The data held for each worker includes Name, Sex, Date of Birth, and NHS Number and these identifiers have been sent to NHS Digital to enable them to provide date and cause of death, sourced from civil registration data, and cancer registration data from Public Health England. AWE has provided radiation dose data and continues to update the doses for those people still at work with AWE.
Participation in the AWE Workforce Study is voluntary. No one is required to take part, though it improves the validity of the results if as many people as possible are included. Although no workers joining since 1982 have been added to the study, anyone who is a member of the original cohort is free to opt-out by informing AWE Dosimetry Service who can also provide more information on this study.
Contact details for the Dosimetry Service are:
By mail : AWE Approved Dosimetry Service, Bldg A6.1, AWE, Aldermaston, Reading, RG7 4PR
By phone: 0118 9814111 and ask for Help Desk Health Physics Records
By email: HelpDesk.HPRecords@awe.co.uk