Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education (ORISE)

(Site Profile/Docket Number 076)

Location: Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Also known as: Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), Oak Ridge Institute for Nuclear Studies (ORINS)

Special Exposure Cohort Petition Information

The Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) is a unique category of employees established by The Act (42 CFR Part 83). Claims compensated under the SEC do not have to go through the dose reconstruction process. To qualify for compensation under the SEC, a covered employee must meet specific requirements (e.g., must have at least one of 22 “specified cancers,” and have worked for a specified time period at one of the SEC sites). Classes of employees and work sites can be considered for addition to the SEC through a NIOSH petition process. More information about the Special Exposure Cohort can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Open/Active SEC Petitions

To date, there are no open/active SEC petitions from Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education (ORISE).

Class(es) Added to the SEC

  • Employees of the DOE predecessor agencies and their contractors or subcontractors who were monitored or should have been monitored while working at the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies (ORINS) Cancer Research Hospital from May 15, 1950, through December 31, 1963, and who were employed for a number of work days aggregating at least 250 work days or in combination with work days within the parameters established for other classes of employees included in the SEC.

    Note: This class was established by Petition 33

Petitions Qualified for Evaluation

Below is a list of the petitions that qualified for evaluation. Select a petition on the list to view the table for that particular petition.

Steps in Petition Process: Petition Details:

Date Received

May 4, 2005

Date Qualified for Evaluation

October 6, 2005

Summary of Information in Petition

Location: Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Job Titles and/or Job Duties: All medical division employees

Period of Employment: June 1, 1950 through June 25, 1956

Note: The information above is what qualified for evaluation. During our evaluation of whether dose reconstructions can adequately be completed for the above job titles and period of employment, information may cause NIOSH to change some the dates or job titles/duties. Therefore, as this petition proceeds through the SEC petition process and if an SEC class is proposed, the proposed class may not exactly match the above information.

Copy of the Petition Received

May 4, 2005 Cdc-pdf[6 MB (15 pages)]

Federal Register Notice Announcing that a Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education (ORISE) SEC Petition has met the Minimum Qualifications for Review and Evaluation

November 4, 2005 Cdc-pdf[50 KB (2 pages)]

SEC Petition Evaluation Report

Revised October 4, 2006 Cdc-pdf[434 KB (26 pages)]

Evaluation Report Sent to the Advisory Board

August 18, 2006

Petition Discussed by the Advisory Board

The petition was discussed by the Advisory Board on September 20, 2006, during its regular meeting.

Advisory Board Recommendation on SEC Petition

October 11, 2006 Cdc-pdf[490 KB (2 pages)]

HHS Letters to Congress Regarding the SEC Petition

November 9, 2006 Cdc-pdf[540 KB (6 pages)]

HHS Designation of Additional Members to the SEC


Federal Register Notice: Designation Regarding a Class of Employees for Addition to the Special Exposure Cohort


Note: A “designation” will be published if there is a recommendation to add a class to the SEC. A “determination” will be published if there is a recommendation not to add a class to the SEC.

Effective Date for the SEC Class

December 9, 2006

Federal Register Notice: Final Effect of Determination of a Class of Employees for Addition to the Special Exposure Cohort

December 27, 2006 Cdc-pdf[43 KB (1 page)]

Letter to DOL Regarding the Addition of a New Class of Employees to the SEC

December 12, 2006 Cdc-pdf[84 KB (1 page)]

SEC Petitions Not Qualifying for Evaluation

In addition to the petition listed above, two additional petitions were received but did not qualify for evaluation. One did not meet the minimum petition requirements and the class defined in the other petition was already included in the SEC.

Public Comments on Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education (ORISE) Documents

How to Submit Comments

Comments on Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education (ORISE) Documents can be submitted to the NIOSH Docket Officer electronically by email at nioshdocket@cdc.gov 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 (076) on all comments.

Comments Received

At this time, no comments have been submitted on Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education (ORISE) documents.

Document Archive for Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education (ORISE)

Page last reviewed: September 28, 2015