Participating DOE Laboratories and Sites

Idaho National Laboratory

In operation since 1949, the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's missions in nuclear and energy research, science, and national defense.

INL is operated for DOE by Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA) and partners, each providing unique educational, management, research and scientific assets into a world-class national laboratory.

INL's mission today is to continue to tackle complex missions for the nation in a safe and cost-effective manner, including:

  • Delivering science-based engineered solutions to challenges in the DOE's mission areas
  • And enhancing the INL’s scientific and technical talent, facilities and equipment to best serve the nation.

INL conducts human subjects work, predominately in the human factors area, and has had its own Institutional Review Board since 1995.

Also of note is the Former Worker Medical Surveillance Program conducted for interested former workers from INL and sponsored by the DOE Office of Health, Safety and Security (HS-15). Two such medical screening projects serve interested former INL workers through local occupational health clinics close to their residence:

  • a program run by the Center to Protect Workers Rights for construction workers
  • a program run by United Steel Workers for production workers.

The construction worker program is a nationwide program, and another DOE site IRB, the Pacific Northwest Labs IRB, serves as the DOE site IRB of record and conducts initial and ongoing reviews of standard medical screening protocols, informational materials, and consent forms for clarity and consistency.

Materials from the production worker project are reviewed by the INL IRB.

Content reviewed: November 12, 2013