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Radiation Dose Reconstruction


Simonds Saw and Steel Co.
(Site Profile/Docket Number 051)

Location: Lockport, New York

Also known as: Allegheny-Ludlum Steel Corp.

                         Simonds Saw and Steel Div., Guterl Special Steel Corp.

                         Simonds Steel Division, Wallace-Murray Corporation

Site Profile

Site Profile for Simonds Saw and Steel
(Revised April 18, 2011)
this document in PDF PDF 700 KB (57 pages)

Page Change Revision Includes: Revision initiated to incorporate SEC-00157 information as directed by NIOSH. Includes information on the SEC class. Section 3.4 was revised to reflect the inability to reconstruct thorium exposure during the operational period and the associated tabulation of internal exposure values (Table 20). The description of the derivation of the external exposure dose estimates along with the associated dose tabulation (Table 20) was revised to remove consideration of external exposure from thorium during the operational period. Additional changes include the following: The calculation of intake quantities from plutonium (Table 20) was revised to maintain consistency between trace radionuclides and those in which they are mixed. Deleted options of associating class S plutonium with class M uranium and vice versa. The site description and the associated dose calculations tabulated in Sections 3 and 4 (Tables 12 and 15) were revised to reflect the change in the end of the operational period and the concurrent change to the start of the residual period. The medical X-ray examinations section was revised. The tabulation in Table 20 was updated. Revised the methodology for assessment of internal exposure which includes the reconstruction exposure from thoron. Table 3 was added to show the number of rolling days for each year. Tables 8, 9, 10, and 11 were modified to include 1957 in the assessment of internal intake using air monitoring data. Information was added to section 3.1.2 detailing air sampling results for rolling activities on the 10 inch mill and for uranium forging activities (Tables 12, 13, 14 and 15 added). Intake rates in Table 17 were revised to account for the reduced use of engineering controls during the post 1952 time period (i.e., intake rates calculated for the initial operations period, 1948, were assigned from 1953 through 1957). Constitutes a total rewrite of the document.

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Technical Information Bulletins (TIBs)

At the current time, there are no TIBs for Simonds Saw and Steel Co.

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Program Evaluation Reports (PERs) and Program Evaluation Plans (PEPs)

NIOSH is committed to applying the best available science in dose reconstructions. In keeping with this commitment, completed cases with probabilities of causation less than 50% are reviewed as relevant new information becomes available. The results of these reviews are described in a Program Evaluation Report (PER). The PER details the effect, if any, of the new information on the completed dose reconstruction. If it appears that the new information may result in an increase in dose for a completed dose reconstruction with a probability of causation of less than 50%, NIOSH is committed to working with the Department of Labor to reopen and rework the dose reconstruction, as appropriate. A Program Evaluation Plan (PEP) describes plans for evaluating specific program details or issues.

At the current time, no PERs or PEPs specific to Simonds Saw and Steel Co. have been developed. However, we have developed PERs and PEPs that pertain to multiple sites. To view all PERs and PEPs that have been developed, please refer to the Program Evaluation Reports (PERs) and Program Evaluation Plans (PEPs) page.

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Worker Outreach Activities

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.

Below are the Worker Outreach Activities for Simonds Saw and Steel Co.:

  • May 5, 2010
    Meeting with Former Workers from Simonds Saw and Steel Company, Lockport, New York

    Final Minutes
    this document in PDF PDF 262 KB (19 pages)

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Advisory Board Work Group on TBD 6000

This Work Group is responsible for the review of the specified TBDs, as well as the Appendices that apply to specific work sites. They will also review any reports developed by the Board's contractor (SC&A) pertaining to these TBDs and the Appendices, and will assist NIOSH and SC&A in resolving issues that arise through the review process. The initial focus of the Work Group will be on Appendix BB of TBD 6000, dealing with General Steel Industries. The Work Group will make recommendations to the Board in cases where Appendices involve sites with SEC petitions. Sites currently being considered under this Work Group include Baker Brothers, Bliss & Laughlin Steel, General Steel Industries, Joslyn Manufacturing and Supply Co., and Simonds Saw and Steel Company.

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Advisory Board and NIOSH Comments on Simonds Saw and Steel Co. Documents

How to Submit Comments
Comments on Simonds Saw and Steel Co. documents can be submitted to the NIOSH Docket Officer electronically by e-mail at or printed comments can be mailed to NIOSH Docket Office, Robert A. Taft Laboratories, MS-C34, 1090 Tusculum Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45226. Please include the Site Profile/Docket Number (051) on all comments.

Comments Received

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Public Comments on Simonds Saw and Steel Co. Documents

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Special Exposure Cohort Petition Information for Simonds Saw and Steel Co.

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Previous Versions of Simonds Saw and Steel Co. Documents

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Page last updated: September 9, 2014
Page last reviewed: August 25, 2014
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Division of Compensation Analysis and Support