Former Workers

1986 ETEC staff at SSFL

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH, has a program called Radiation Dose Reconstruction which seeks to redress the radiation injuries and deaths suffered by America’s nuclear workers. The coverage dates for employees who worked in Southern California include:

Downey 1948-1955
Canoga 1955-1960
DeSoto 1959-1998
Area IV SSFL 1955-present

SPECIAL COHORT
Downey 1948-1955
Canoga 1955-1960
Desoto 1959-1964
Area IV SSFL 1955-1964

The employee had to have worked during the cohort period for at least 250 days and have one of the 22 covered cancers. Share these links with folks who you think may be qualified or their loved ones.

  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
  • NIOSH Program Area: Radiation Dose Reconstruction, Pages One and Two including Updates.
  • Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICP)
  • Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP).
  • OWCP’s EEOICP Program Statistics.
  • OWCP’s EEOICP Program Statistics for Area IV of the Santa Susana Field Lab.

This month, our country recognizes a group of workers who quietly made personal sacrifices to protect our country and our freedom,” says the NIOSH website that is key to understanding what the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act, EEOICPA, is and who is qualified for it.

“October 30, 2010, will be the second National Day of Remembrance for American nuclear weapons program workers and uranium miners, millers, and ore transporters,” the website says.

“These workers did not just do a job. During a time when our country was at war, and later, during the Cold War, they discreetly built a nuclear weapons program to protect and defend their families, neighbors, and fellow citizens across the country. In doing so, some of these workers were exposed, often unknowingly, to the types of workplace risks that NIOSH now strives every day to prevent. Some of these workers sacrificed their health. Some lost their lives as a result of these exposures.

“From the beginning of our involvement in this compensation program, NIOSH’s core values have been an integral part of our activities. In particular, the core values of quality of science, transparency, and accountability are at the heart of the actions, decisions, and communications in this program.

“As NIOSH continues to fulfill its role under EEOICPA, we would like to again recognize our debt of gratitude owed to these workers. They quietly made sacrifices to protect our country. NIOSH honors that debt with our commitment to quality of science, transparency, and accountability in our work.

“We invite you to join NIOSH in honoring these workers on the second National Day of Remembrance, October 30, 2010.”