Since its inception in 2002, the NIOSH Radiation Dose Reconstruction Program has become one of the most important workers’ compensation programs in the U.S. From the beginning, NIOSH has tasked the ORAU Team—led by ORAU and including NV5/Dade Moeller and MJW Technical Services, Inc.—with reconstructing radiation doses for current and former workers of DOE and atomic weapons employers.
The radiation dose reconstructions provide critical information used in adjudicating claims filed under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act. Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, the program helps ensure that energy workers who developed cancers from occupational radiation exposures—or surviving family members—are rightfully compensated for their illnesses.
Health physicists, records specialists, and other scientists from the ORAU Team have interviewed thousands of claimants, researched records and historical documents, and generated searchable databases to reconstruct the dose history to provide more than 42,000 preliminary radiation dose assessments.
In addition, the ORAU Team evaluates Special Exposure Cohort petitions received by NIOSH, which may automatically grant compensation to employees who have any of 22 types of cancer and who worked at specific sites. Nearly 240 SEC petitions have been received with 145 petitions qualifying for evaluation. Of those, more than 120 specified groups or classes have been added to the SEC.
|6.7 million entries performed in searchable database from documents containing energy employee-specific information|
|165,000 documents relevant to DOE facilities assembled and indexed into searchable and retrievable database|
|164,000 interviews conducted with energy employees or their survivors throughout all stages of dose reconstruction process|
|121,000 documents matched and linked with energy employees’ identifying information to their respective claims|
|42,000 preliminary radiation dose assessments completed and submitted|
|14,000 dose assessment revisions made based on additional claim information|
|9,800 reviews of previous claims completed based on new data found for energy employees, new site information or newer technical methods for assessment|
|870 technical documents published that reconstruct operational history of nation’s nuclear weapon complex|