NORA Manufacturing Sector Strategic Goals
927ZFXB-ZJJD - Dose Reconstruction ResearchStart Date: 10/1/2011
End Date: 9/30/2015
Principal Investigator (PI)Name: Stuart Hinnefeld
Funded By: NIOSH
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This Division of Compensation Analysis and Support (DCAS) project assists in the determination of radiation dose estimations for claimants under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 (EEOICPA) and responds to appeals submitted for those determinations.
This project supports the responsibilities under the Energy Employee Illness Compensation Program Act and Executive Order 13179.
This project will assist nuclear workers who have incurred possible work-related illnesses. DCAS project activities will include data collection, data verification, analysis to determine individual dose estimates, and quality assurance. The quality assurance activities will include process assessments inherent to the dose estimation program; evaluations of samples of dose estimates; and full reviews of dose estimates on all appeals by denied claimants.
This project provides the determination of dose estimations for claimants under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 (EEOIPCA) and responds to appeals submitted for those determinations.
Technical Basis Documents are currently being developed and revised for Department of Energy & Atomic Weapons Employer Nuclear Facilities as necessary. These Technical Basis Documents provide site-specific information on potential exposures that workers may have encountered during their employment at the facility. NIOSH continues to collect worker history data from Department of Energy and Atomic Weapons Employer sites which will assist DCAS with conducting dose reconstructions to determine compensation.
The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 (EEOICPA) established a compensation program to provide a lump sum payment and medical benefits as compensation to covered employees suffering from designated illnesses incurred as a result of their exposure to radiation, beryllium, or silica while in the performance of duty for the Department of Energy (DOE) and certain of its vendors, contractors, and subcontractors. The Executive Order 13179, Providing Compensation to America's Nuclear Weapons Workers, directs HHS to develop guidelines to be used by the Department of Labor (DOL) to assess the likelihood that an employee with cancer developed that cancer as a result of exposure to radiation in performing his or her duties at a DOE facility or Atomic Weapons Employer. The Executive Order also directed HHS to establish methods for arriving at and providing reasonable estimate of the radiation doses received by individuals applying for assistance under this program for whom there are inadequate records of radiation exposure.
Approximately 135,000 workers are expected to file for compensation during the next decade but the peak demand was be in FY 2002-2003, followed by a secular decline in claims. To date, NIOSH has received 31,999 claims for dose reconstruction from the Department of Labor, and submitted 24,676 (77%) dose reconstruction final reports to the Department of Labor for adjudication.
In May 2002, a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Methods for Radiation Dose Reconstruction Under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 (42 CFR 82), was published in the Federal Register. This established a method for arriving at and providing reasonable estimate of the radiation doses received by individuals applying for assistance under this program for whom there are inadequate records of radiation exposure
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