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927ZFXH-ZJHX - Worker Outreach

Start Date: 10/1/2011
End Date: 9/30/2015

Principal Investigator (PI)
Name: Crystal Ellison
Phone: 513-533-6807
Organization: NIOSH
Sub-Unit: DCAS
Funded By: NIOSH

Primary Goal Addressed
6.0

Secondary Goal Addressed
None


Attributed to Manufacturing
50%

Project Description

Short Summary

This worker outreach effort will provide direct, interactive, and proactive assistance and communication to individuals with their dose reconstruction claims or Special Exposure Cohort petitions filed under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 (EEOICPA). NIOSH will work with Department of Labor (DOL) and its Resource Centers to establish semi-annual visits to meet with claimants and to assist them with their dose reconstruction claim or Special Exposure Cohort submission/petition.

This project supports the responsibilities under the Energy Employee Illness Compensation Program Act and Executive Order 13179.

Staff will be proactive in maintaining contact with the claimants and advocates. Through phone calls or e-mail staff will (1) periodically contact claimants and advocates to ascertain any questions or problems they may be experiencing; (2) contact claimants when their claim moves to a different step in the dose reconstruction process; (3) follow-up with applicants who have an Special Exposure Cohort submission/petition pending; and (4) notify claimants, advocates, and petitioners of upcoming outreach and public meetings.



Description

This worker outreach effort will provide direct, interactive, and proactive assistance and communication to individuals with their dose reconstruction claims or Special Exposure Cohort petitions filed under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 (EEOICPA). NIOSH will work with Department of Labor (DOL) and its Resource Centers to establish semi-annual visits to meet with claimants and to assist them with their dose reconstruction claim or Special Exposure Cohort submission/petition. Notification to claimants of the outreach effort is imperative to its success. NIOSH will conduct direct mailings to notify workers of outreach efforts. In addition, NIOSH will work with the Resource Centers and advertise the outreach effort through the Resource Centerís routine communication methods. NIOSH will also release information to local media outlets regarding upcoming visits and public meetings.

Staff will be proactive in maintaining contact with the claimants and advocates. Through phone calls or e-mail staff will (1) periodically contact claimants and advocates to ascertain any questions or problems they may be experiencing; (2) contact claimants when their claim moves to a different step in the dose reconstruction process; (3) follow-up with applicants who have an Special Exposure Cohort submission/petition pending; and (4) notify claimants, advocates, and petitioners of upcoming outreach and public meetings.



Mission Relevance

As stated in the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) and Executive Order 13179, two of the Division of Compensation Analysis and Supportís (DCAS) major responsibilities is to complete radiation dose reconstructions for claims received from the Department of Labor (DOL) and to process petitions for potential classes of employees to be included as part of the Special Exposure Cohort (SEC). As a result of these two major responsibilities under EEOICPA, DCAS is responsible for informing and updating internal and external stakeholders on the progress that is being made in the completion of dose reconstructions and the SEC petitioning process.

NIOSH will work with Department of Labor (DOL) and DOL's Resource Centers to establish in order to assist claimants with their dose reconstruction claim or Special Exposure Cohort submission/petition. The outreach effort will also include participating in the traveling resource centers, visiting sites that are remote from the centers, and finally including local events, such as retirement picnics, senior centers, Native American reservations, etc., as deemed necessary.

Notification to claimants of the outreach effort is imperative to its success. NIOSH will conduct direct mailings to notify workers of outreach efforts. In addition, NIOSH will work with the Resource Centers and advertise the outreach effort through the Resource Centerís routine communication methods. When applicable, press releases will be sent to local media outlets (papers, tv, radio, etc.) and will provide another avenue for informing the public of the NIOSH visit. As outreach efforts expand, contact with local advocacy groups and labor organization may be needed.



Page last updated: June 3, 2011
Page last reviewed: May 23, 2011
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Office of the Director

 

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