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Radiation Dose Reconstruction

 

Technical Documents Used in Dose Reconstruction

If the energy employee's personal radiation information is incomplete, NIOSH will use other sources to estimate the radiation dose. This may involve using technical documents called Site Profiles, Technical Basis Documents, and Technical Information Bulletins.

  • Site Profiles are documents that describe a specific work site. A Site Profile includes the physical appearance and layout of the work site, the work processes used there, the types of materials used, potential sources of radiation, and other details important at that work site. Site Profiles may be used to assist NIOSH in the completion of the individual work required for each dose reconstruction.

    Site Profiles that are specific to a particular work site can be found on the appropriate individual site pages. To view all information for a specific work site for which DCAS has developed information, please visit our List of Work Sites page. The information found on the individual work sites pages can include: technical documents (site profiles, technical basis documents, technical information bulletins), worker outreach information and final minutes, Special Exposure Cohort information, and public comments.

  • Technical Basis Documents (also called TBDs) are the individual documents that form a Site Profile. An individual TBD contains information on a specific aspect of the work site. This aspect may be the physical layout of the work site, the work processes used, or other particular features of the work site and the work performed there.

    TBDs that are specific to a particular work site can be found on the appropriate individual site pages. To view all information for a specific work site for which DCAS has developed information, please visit our List of Work Sites page. The information found on the individual work sites pages can include: technical documents (site profiles, technical basis documents, technical information bulletins), worker outreach information and final minutes, Special Exposure Cohort information, and public comments.

  • Technical Information Bulletins (also called TIBs) contain information on specific technical issues or procedures for estimating radiation exposure. They are used to add to or supplement TBDs and Site Profiles. TIBs may be used for a specific work site or multiple work sites.

    A listing for all TIBs can be found on the following two pages on our Web site:

    Technical Information Bulletins (TIBs) -- Alphabetical Listing

    Technical Information Bulletins (TIBs) -- Numerical Listing

    In addition to the above listings, TIBs that are specific to a particular work site can also be found on the appropriate individual site pages. To view all information for a specific work site for which DCAS has developed information, please visit our List of Work Sites page. The information found on the individual work sites pages can include: technical documents (site profiles, technical basis documents, technical information bulletins), worker outreach information and final minutes, Special Exposure Cohort information, and public comments.

Note: In these documents, the word "facility" is used as a general term for an area, building, or group of buildings that served a specific purpose at a work site. It does not necessarily indicate an "atomic weapons employer facility" or a "Department of Energy facility" as defined in the Energy Employee Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 (42 U.S.C. § 7384l (5) and (12)).

Submitting Comments on Technical Documents Used in Dose Reconstruction

The technical documents used in dose reconstruction are considered "living" documents. They are working documents that provide guidance concerning the preparation of dose reconstructions at particular work sites or categories of work sites. They will be revised and updated if additional relevant information is obtained about the affected work site(s).

NIOSH welcomes comments from interested stakeholders (organized labor groups, worker advocacy groups, claimants, etc.) on the technical documents used in dose reconstruction. Please include the name of the work site, the title of the document, or the Site Profile/Docket Number when submitting comments. All comments should be sent to NIOSH:

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Robert A. Taft Laboratories
MS-C34
1090 Tusculum Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45226

Fax: (513) 533-8230

email: NIOCINDOCKET@CDC.GOV

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Policy Documents

  • Data Access and Interview Procedures
    this document in PDF PDF 301 KB (14 pages)

    Document Number: OCAS-PR-010 Rev-00

    About this Document: Initial version of procedure describing the coordination and submission of data requests to the Department of Energy.

    Approved: January 23, 2009


  • Department of Energy Classification Review of Documents (link to document)
    this document in PDF PDF 38 KB (6 pages)

    Document Number: OCAS-PR-011 Rev-00

    About this Document: Initial version of procedure describing the Department
    of Energy review of OCAS documents.

    Approved: January 22, 2009


  • Handling Controlled Unclassified Information
    this document in PDF PDF 74 KB (17 pages)

    Document Number: OCAS-PLCY-0001 Rev-00

    About this Document: New document to establish guidelines for the handling of sensitive documents and information.

    Approved: January 22, 2009

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List of Work Sites for which NIOSH has Developed Technical Documents

Listed below are the work sites for which technical documents have been developed and approved for use in completing dose reconstructions. If available, final minutes and comments from worker outreach activities and public comments submitted for each work site can be found on the links listed below. As additional documents are approved and additional comments received, they will also be included on the appropriate pages listed below.

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Worker Outreach Activities for the Development of Technical Documents

Based on a recommendation from the Advisory Board, to provide workers and site experts with opportunities to participate in developing the technical documents used in dose reconstruction, NIOSH established a Worker Outreach Program.

At Worker Outreach Meetings, current and former DOE and AWE employees have opportunities to obtain information about Site Profiles, Technical Basis Documents, and Technical Information Bulletins, and to provide information for consideration and possible use in dose reconstruction. This process is valuable to ensure that the technical documents used in dose reconstruction contain correct and useful information.

Worker Outreach meeting information for a specific work site and the minutes from the meetings can be found on the individual site pages. To view all information for a specific work site for which DCAS has developed information, please visit our List of Work Sites page. The information found on the individual work sites pages can include: technical documents (site profiles, technical basis documents, technical information bulletins), worker outreach information and final minutes, Special Exposure Cohort information, and public comments.

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Page last updated: May 11, 2010
Page last reviewed: August 10, 2013
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Division of Compensation Analysis and Support