Accession Number PB2013-107467
Title Review of the Department of Labor's Site Exposure Matrix Database.
Publication Date 2013
Media Count 134p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract Beginning with the development of the atomic bomb during World War II, the United States continued to build nuclear weapons throughout the Cold War. Thousands of people mined and milled uranium, conducted research on nuclear warfare, or worked in nuclear munitions factories around the country from the 1940s through the 1980s. Such work continues today, albeit to a smaller extent. The Department of Energy (DOE) is now responsible for overseeing those sites and facilities, many of which were, and continue to be, run by government contractors. The materials used at those sites were varied and ranged from the benign to the toxic and highly radioactive. Workers at DOE facilities often did not know the identity of the materials with which they worked and often were unaware of health risks related to their use. In many instances, the work was considered top secret, and employees were cautioned not to reveal any work-related information to family or others. Workers could be exposed to both radioactive and nonradioactive toxic substances for weeks or even years. Consequently, some of the workers have developed health problems and continue to have concerns about potential health effects of their exposures to occupational hazards during their employment in the nuclear weapons industry. In response to worker concerns, the U.S. Congress in 2000 authorized compensation for DOE workers in the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) (Public Law 106-398, Title XXXVI). Initially, former workers filed compensation claims with their state worker compensation offices, but in 2005 the compensation process was transferred to the Department of Labor (DOL) to expedite the claims process. To receive compensation, workers.
Keywords Data acquisition
Data storage
DataBase management
Information Dissemination
Information systems
Organizing


 
Source Agency National Academy of Science Institute of Medicine
NTIS Subject Category 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
Corporate Author Institute of Medicine, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1319
Contract Number N/A

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