Error free in 2013

Oak Ridge Associated Universities, which manages the Beryllium Testing Laboratory in Oak Ridge for the U.S. Department of Energy, said the lab processed more than 4,000 blood tests for beryllium sensitivity in 2013 without a single error. ORAU said it was the second time in recent years that the lab performed the work flawlessly.

The Oak Ridge lab is one of only three labs in the country that can process the beryllium lymphocyte proliferation tests.

The test is used to identify individuals who are at higher risk of developing chronic beryllium disease, a chronic and incurable respiratory disease.

“Reliability in tests results is critical to workers wanting to know if they have developed sensitivity to beryllium and to managers who must make recommendations about whether active workers can still work with beryllium,” ORAU stated.

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