The process of estimating occupational radiation exposure has many facets. Certain workers with cancer who supported the development of atomic weapons in the United States, or their survivors in cases where workers are deceased, are known as claimants under the Energy Employee Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICP A). An important aspect of reconstructing a worker's dose is a one on one interview with the claimant. In addition to records maintained by the Department of Energy and its predecessor organizations, personal contact with the claimant can uncover information that might not have been recorded elsewhere. An Office of Management and Budget approved interview script is used to ensure consistency of information gathered, but the claimant is also allowed to comment on his/her recollection of their radiation exposure environment. A report of the interview is forwarded to the claimant for review or comments. This report is then combined with established records of occupational exposure, reviewed, and assigned to a health physicist for dose reconstruction. In addition to augmenting the records from the DOE or its contractors, which in the early days of the atomic weapons programs might have been sparse, this process allows the claimant to participate in the process of dose reconstruction.
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