Records Moratoriums Definition

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Under certain circumstances, the Department of Energy (DOE) may place a moratorium on information that relates to a specific subject or field. Once such a moratorium order has been issued, it means that there is a "freeze" on the destruction of all DOE, DOE-contractor, and University records containing information specified in that order. 

Epidemiological Records Moratorium

In a memorandum dated April 6, 1990, the Department of Energy San Francisco Operations Office (DOE/SAN) notified the Laboratory to extend the freeze on the destruction of all epidemiological records which had first been ordered by the Secretary of Energy on March 15, 1989. Epidemiological records are documents, in whatever media, that provide information about individuals working at a Department of Energy (DOE) or contractor site--their work history (when they worked there and what they did), what health hazards they were exposed to (such as external and/or internal radiation, chemicals, hazardous materials), and their medical history during or after their employment. Also included are those records which document the administrative organization and management of the site, the monitoring of environmental and area hazards, process and material controls (especially for radioactive sources and chemicals), health and safety procedures, work assignments, and location. 


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