The Resource Review of the Department of Labor's Site Exposure Matrix Database, Committee on the Review of the Department of Labor's Site Exposure Matrix (SEM) Database, Board on the Health of Select Populations, Institute of Medicine

Review of the Department of Labor's Site Exposure Matrix Database, Committee on the Review of the Department of Labor's Site Exposure Matrix (SEM) Database, Board on the Health of Select Populations, Institute of Medicine

Label
Review of the Department of Labor's Site Exposure Matrix Database
Title
Review of the Department of Labor's Site Exposure Matrix Database
Statement of responsibility
Committee on the Review of the Department of Labor's Site Exposure Matrix (SEM) Database, Board on the Health of Select Populations, Institute of Medicine
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Language
eng
Summary
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 the concerns expressed by workers and their representatives, DOL asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to review the SEM database and its use of a particular database, Haz-Map, as the source of its toxic substance-occupational disease links. Accordingly, this IOM consensus report reflects careful consideration of its charge by the committee, and describes the strengths and shortcomings of both. To complete its task, IOM formed an ad hoc committee of experts in occupational medicine, toxicology, epidemiology, industrial hygiene, public health, and biostatistics to conduct an 18-month study to review the scientific rigor of the SEM database. The committee held two public meetings at which it heard from DOL Division of Energy Employee Occupational Illness Compensation (DEEOIC) representatives, the DOL contractor that developed the SEM database, the developer of the Haz-Map database, DOE worker advocacy groups, and several individual workers. The committee also submitted written questions to DOL to seek clarification of specific issues and received written responses from DEEOIC. The committee's report considers both the strengths and weaknesses of the SEM and the Haz-Map databases, recognizing that the latter was developed first and for a different purpose. The committee then discusses its findings and recommends improvements that could be made in both databases with a focus on enhancing the usability of SEM for both DOL claims examiners and for former DOE workers and their representatives. Review of the Department of Labor's Site Exposure Matrix Database summarizes the committee's findings
Cataloging source
DNLM
Dewey number
616.9/803
Funding information
This study was supported by Contract No. DOLJ119E32292 between the National Academy of Sciences and the Department of Labor. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the organizations or agencies that provided support for this project
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Review of the Department of Labor's Site Exposure Matrix Database, Committee on the Review of the Department of Labor's Site Exposure Matrix (SEM) Database, Board on the Health of Select Populations, Institute of Medicine
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Title from PDF t.p
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Includes bibliographical references
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Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Haz-map database -- Site Exposure Matrix database -- Findings and recommendations
Control code
ocn837352140
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 PDF file (xii, 122 pages))
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780309268707
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computer
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rdamedia
Media type code
c
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Specific material designation
remote
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  • (OCoLC)837352140
  • pebcs0309268702

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