|U. S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR||
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ADMINISTRATION
OFFICE OF WORKERS’ COMPENSATION PROGRAMS
DIVISION OF ENERGY EMPLOYEES OCCUPATIONAL
NAME OF EMPLOYEE:
Our records indicate that you have a claim filed under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) that recently received a dose reconstruction at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). As such, I am writing to inform you that NIOSH recently released OCAS-PEP-014, “Evaluation of the Impact of OTIB-0052, Construction Trade Workers.”
The OCAS-PEP-014 provides NIOSH’s plan for evaluating claims where Construction Trade Workers were “unmonitored during the early years of the complex.” NIOSH determined that “these workers may have been exposed to external radiation and/or internal contamination above ambient and environmental levels without adequate monitoring.”
The Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation (DEEOIC) is obligated to ensure that the application of the dose reconstruction methodology is administered in a fair and consistent manner. Given the revision to the underlying scientific assumptions by which the dose reconstruction was performed by NIOSH, the prior dose reconstruction/POC calculation on your claim may be invalid. While the modification to the dose reconstruction methodology may not impact the outcome of your claim, it is necessary for your claim to undergo a new dose reconstruction. Accordingly, it is necessary to return your case to NIOSH for a new dose reconstruction.
Once the revised dose reconstruction is complete, you will have the opportunity to review the dose reconstruction report, and will again be required by NIOSH to sign the OCAS-1 to acknowledge your receipt of the revised report and dose reconstruction results.
DEEOIC will then use the information from the revised dose reconstruction to recalculate the POC to determine whether the claimed cancer(s) was at least as likely as not (50% or greater) related to the covered employment. You will be notified in writing regarding the status of your claim.
If you have specific questions regarding the status of the dose reconstruction, you may contact the NIOSH office located in Cincinnati, Ohio at (513) 533-8423 or toll-free at (800) 356-4678. Any other questions should still be addressed to this office.
cc: NIOSH Public Health Advisor