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NIOSH Radiation Dose Reconstruction

ORAU supports National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Radiation program for former energy employees

Through a contract with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), ORAU and its partners, MJW Technical Services and Dade Moeller & Associates, Inc., are helping to ensure that all energy employees who deserve compensation for their illnesses are rightfully compensated.

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Under a contract managed by ORAU for more than a decade and last renewed into 2014, the ORAU team is reconstructing the radiation doses received by workers at various U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and DOE contractor facilities. The information will assist NIOSH in fulfilling its responsibilities to the U.S. Department of Labor in administering the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA).

The team built a solid infrastructure that allowed quick reconstruction of the doses, cleared a sizable backlog of cases, and moved the dose reconstruction program into a steady-state mode. Components of the process have included:

  • Site profiles for 40 DOE sites, including detailed descriptions of radiation exposure conditions
  • Establishment of a worker outreach program to present information in the site profiles and solicit input from the workers
  • Phone interviews with tens of thousands of workers, coworkers, and family members
  • Individual dose reconstructions

The ORAU team is also responsible for the evaluation of Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) petitions received by NIOSH. SEC status may automatically grant compensation to employees who have any of 22 types of cancer and who worked at specific sites. These claimants would not have to go through the dose reconstruction process in order to be compensated.

Visit the ORAU Team Dose Reconstruction Project for NIOSH site for more details on this program.

Supporting radiation dose reconstructions for sick nuclear workers

In 2012, ORAU marked its tenth anniversary in helping CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health program facilitate their response to concerns of DOE workers and contractors requesting compensation for radiation-related cancers that resulted from work-related exposure. During the past 10 years, ORAU has compiled, analyzed and reconstructed the dose history of more than 30,000 workers from more than 300 sites in the nation's nuclear weapons complex.