Hanford Healthy Energy Workers Board

To address requirements as detailed in the 2020 ESSB 6168.127(83), the Washington State Department of Commerce convened the Hanford Healthy Energy Workers Board and provided its final report to the legislature regarding health care needs for workers at Hanford.

What did the Hanford Healthy Energy Workers Board accomplish?

The Hanford Healthy Energy Workers Board conducted an unmet health care needs assessment for Hanford workers and developed recommendations on how these health care needs can be met. The board reviewed studies on how to prevent worker exposure, summarized existing results and recommendations, developed key indicators of progress in meeting unmet health care needs, and identified the health surveillance systems in use at the Hanford site. The board submitted its report to the legislature on June 1, 2021, documenting recommendations on meeting health care needs, progress on meeting key indicators, and recommendations for the establishment of new health surveillance systems at Hanford.

Highlights of this work include:

  • A survey of current and former Hanford workers with more than 1600 respondents in the Tri-Cities area.
  • Recommendations for next steps in addressing the unique health needs of the Hanford workforce.
  • A review of previous studies related to worker exposure with summary-level results and recommendations and key indicators of progress where applicable.
  • An inventory of the health surveillance systems currently in use at the Hanford site.

Who served on the Hanford Healthy Energy Workers Board?

The Hanford Healthy Energy Workers Board consisted of members representing the following  organizations:

– Department of Health
– Labor and Industries
– UW’s Department of Environmental & Occupation Health Sciences
– Harborview Medical Center
– Washington State building and construction trades council
– Central Washington Building Trades Council
– Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council (HAMTC)
– UA Local 598 Plumbers and Steamfitters

What did the legislature authorize the Hanford Healthy Energy Workers Board to do?

(2020 ESSB 6168.127(83) $250,000 of the general fund—state appropriation for fiscal year 2021 is provided solely for the formation of a healthy energy workers board. The board must conduct an unmet health care needs assessment for Hanford workers and develop recommendations on how these health care needs can be met. The board must also review studies on how to prevent worker exposure, summarize existing results and recommendations, develop key indicators of progress in meeting unmet health care needs, and catalogue the health surveillance systems in use at the Hanford site. The workers board must submit a report to the legislature by June 1, 2021, documenting recommendations on meeting health care needs, progress on meeting key indicators, and, if necessary, recommendations for the establishment of new health surveillance systems at Hanford.

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