Sandia National Laboratories (Livermore, California)

(Site Profile/Docket Number 93)

Location: Livermore, California

Also known as: Simonds Saw and Steel Div., Guterl Special Steel Corp., Simonds Steel Division, Wallace-Murray Corporation

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 Sandia National Laboratory – Livermore.

Class(es) Added to the SEC

  • All employees of the Department of Energy, its predecessor agencies, and their contractors and subcontractors who worked in any area at the Sandia National Laboratories-Livermore in Livermore, California, from October 1, 1957, through December 31, 1994, for a number of work days aggregating at least 250 work days, occurring either solely under this employment or in combination with work days within the parameters established for one or more other classes of employees included in the Special Exposure Cohort.

    Note: This class was established from Petition 214

Classes Not Added to the SEC

  • Department of Energy employees or its contractor or subcontractor employees who worked as x-ray technologists and materials scientists at Sandia National Laboratory – Livermore in the X-ray Diffraction and Fluorescence Laboratory, Building 913 – Room 113 and Building 913 – Room 128 from December 1, 1967 through December 31, 1990.

    Note: This class was established from Petition 59.

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.

Technical Documents

If the energy employee’s personal radiation information is incomplete, NIOSH will use other sources to estimate the radiation dose. This may involve using technical documents called Site Profiles, Technical Basis Documents, and Technical Information Bulletins.

Site Profile

  • Summary Site Profile for Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California [2.0 MB (107 Pages)]

    Document Number: ORAUT-TKBS-0053 Rev-02

    Revised: January 13, 2021

    Revision Includes: Revision initiated to update the document with new information related to a revision of ORAUT-OTIB-0006, Dose Reconstruction from Occupational Medical X-Ray Procedures, and the implementation of ORAUT-OTIB-0088, External Dose Reconstruction. Included information for skin doses to various areas from posterior-anterior and lateral chest X-rays in Table 3-5, and from lumbar spine examinations in Table 3-7. X-ray doses and computational information in Tables 3-1, 3-2, and 3-4, which had previously been labeled “Pre-1970” were renamed to include the year 1970. Information and doses in the tables previously labeled “1970–1985” were changed to reflect the period “1971–1975.” Skin dose information in Table 3-4 for 1986 to present were changed to reflect the revision of the backscatter factor from ORAUT-OTIB-0006. Revision updated to upgrade the document with new and corrected environmental data, both internal and external. Previously unavailable reference documents from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory were employed to reevaluate existing environmental data and to provide additional data for the period 2004 to 2018. Updated uncertainty information regarding medical dose with information from the International Vocabulary of Metrology (JCGM 2008). Included information and corrections regarding NTA film badges. Incorporates formal internal and NIOSH review comments. Constitutes a total rewrite of the document.

Advisory Board and NIOSH Comments and Discussion Papers on Sandia National Laboratories (Livermore)

Public Comments on Sandia National Laboratories (Livermore) Documents

How to Submit Comments

Comments on Sandia National Laboratories (Livermore) Documents can be submitted to the NIOSH Docket Officer electronically by email 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 (93) on all comments.

Comments Received

Document Archive for Sandia National Laboratories (Livermore)

  • Summary Site Profile

    • Revised: April 28, 2014 [2.3 MB (100 Pages)]

      Document Number: ORAUT-TKBS-0053 Rev-01

      Revision Includes: Updates the document with new information. Modifies Sections 1.0, 5.0, and 6.0 to incorporate the Special Exposure Cohort class through 1994, including references to SEC-ER and HHS designation letter. Replaces reference to ORAUT-TKBS-0048, Site Profile for the Brookhaven National Laboratory, with ORAUT-TKBS-0036-6, Argonne National Laboratory-East – External Dosimetry. Adds information pertaining to chronic lymphocytic leukemia to Section 3.3 and added Table 3-6. Amends Section 5.2 to eliminate the sentence that only tritium and uranium were of concern, and stating there were limited bioassay data for tritium and uranium. Changes Section 5.7 to reflect that unmonitored internal dose is only applicable post-SEC, to indicate applicable years based on facility decommissioning, to remove all references to maximum permissible concentrations, and to supply uranium intake information for all solubilities. Altered Table 5-5 to remove the row related to 1959 and to change the “1990s” row to “post-1994.” Adjusts Table 5-8 for consistency with Table 5-2, to account for tritium intake through skin absorption, and to address uranium tritides, adding ORAUT-OTIB-0066 as a reference. Includes an instruction for dose reconstructors to use minimum detectable activities as provided in the records when available. Incorporates formal internal and NIOSH review comments.

    • Approved: May 1, 2007 [1.8 MB (95 pages)]

      Document Number: ORAUT-TKBS-0053 Rev-00

      About this Document: Approved new summary site profile for Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California. No meetings with union members have been held to date. Incorporates formal internal and NIOSH review comments. Attributions and Annotations section added. There is an increase in assigned dose and a PER is required.