The Department of Energy plans to issue a draft request for bids for a contractor to provide occupational medical services at Hanford within two to six weeks.
The last contract was awarded to HPM Corp. of Kennewick in June 2012 for six years and was valued at about $99 million.
The winning bidder should be ready to serve a workforce of 9,000 employees, according to DOE.
The workers it sees may be employed at the Hanford nuclear reservation by DOE, its small business and prime contractors, or major subcontractors.
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Services could range from first aid to medical exams to evaluate an employee’s injuries or illnesses to determine whether on-the-job medical restrictions are warranted.
DOE tentatively plans a pre-bidding conference, site tour and one-on-one sessions with interested companies in January.