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The commonality between all efforts undertaken by the Department of Energy is an unwavering commitment to the protection of our workers, our nation, and the environment. DOE works diligently to ensure that all programs are performed in a safe, healthful, and environmentally sound manner.
In an effort to guarantee the health and safety of the more than 130,000 employees and Contractors who work for the Department, DOE maintains theOffice of Environment, Safety and Health. The mission of this office is to guarantee the safety of our workforce and the safe operation of DOE’s programs.
Worker health and safety The hallmark and highest priority of all DOE activities is daily excellence in the protection of the worker, the public, and the environment. Fundamental to the attainment of this vision are personal commitment, mutual trust, open communications, continuous improvement, and full involvement of all interested parties.
Epidemiology and radiation effects DOE also supports epidemiologic research on the health effects of radiation exposure among workers involved in the cleanup of nuclear reactors. Studies of workers who received high doses provide the data that help scientists understand dose response relationships and radiation health effects.
Environmental Responsibility DOE works to instill in all its personnel an instinctive appreciation for their responsibilities in the areas of safety, security, and quality so that those concepts are integral to all environmental programs and activities. Additionally, our mission includes: risk management; quality assurance; package certification; emergency management; and characterization management.