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The health of employees involved in coal-conversion research at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn., is assessed in a broad program of surveillance, which includes testing aimed at evaluation of general health, as well as special attention to the lungs and skin because of their potential for exposure to carcinogens. Included are sputum cytology for the detection of premalignant change and dermatologic examinations, aided by a review of prior photographs. The expansion of surveillance into areas of enzyme and metabolite assessment is anticipated to expand our battery of biological sensors.
coal conversion, coal liquefaction, coal gasification, sputum cytology, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, (PAHs), worker health surveillance, carcinogens, skin cancer, lung cancer, organics, toxic organics, atmosphere
Medical director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn