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Radiological Health and Safety

The Radiological Health and Safety program area has two sections: Health Physics Support and Environmental Health Assessment.

Health Physics Support


The Health Physics Support section has responsibilities in the following areas.


Federal Sites Oversight (FSO) activities including Utility Radiological Safety Board activities related to commercial nuclear power plants (Davis-Besse, Perry, and Beaver Valley) and federal sites undergoing radioactive material clean-up (decommissioning). It includes facilities that have federal agency oversight including the Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and Nuclear Regulatory (NRC) sites. Health Physics activities include oversight, assessments on behalf of the bureau and communication with state and federal agencies. Activities include coordination with DOE at the Portsmouth and Mound sites. Also, they include coordination with USACE on FUSRAP (Formerly Utilized Site Remedial Action Program) for the Luckey and Harshaw sites.

Radiological Emergency Management (REM) activities including planning and preparedness. ODH is the lead agency for the state in the event of a radiological emergency. The Health Physics Support section is assigned the lead role in radiological emergency management activities for the bureau. Three areas in radiological emergency response include: radiological incident responses that can be managed at the bureau level; radiation emergency responses that involve the Ohio Emergency Management Agency; and nuclear power plant emergency responses (including annual exercises).

Environmental Health Assessment Section (HAS)

The Environmental Health Assessment Section serves the public by using the best environmental science, providing accurate health information and taking public health actions to prevent harmful exposures and disease related to toxic substances.


Today’s complex environmental public health problems require a coordinated response from multiple agencies, organizations and a variety of health professionals. The HAS works closely with the ATSDR, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Ohio EPA, local health departments and concerned communities to investigate and eliminate the public health threat posed by toxic substances in the environment.




 Form #  Title  Revision Date
 HEA5537  Emergency Worker Dosimetry Form  12/10/15

Mailing Address:
Ohio Department of Health
Bureau of Environmental Health and Radiation Protection
Radiological Health and Safety
246 North High St.
Columbus, OH 43215

Telephone: (614) 644-2727
Fax: (614) 466-0381

Last Updated: 5/8/2018