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DOL accepting nominations for new advisory board on toxic substances, worker health


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Washington – The Department of Labor is accepting nominations for the Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health.

The newly created board is tasked with helping nuclear workers who risk exposure to toxic substances, a July 28 DOL blog states. According to a July 21 Federal Register notice, the board will consist of 12 to 15 members and will advise the secretary of labor on the following issues:

  • DOL’s Site Exposure Matrices database, which connects toxic substances, diseases, location and job categories of workers
  • Medical guidance for claim examiners to weigh medical evidence of claimants in the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act Program
  • “Evidentiary requirements” under Part B of EEOICPA for claims regarding lung disease
  • The work and reports of staff doctors, consulting doctors and industrial hygienists to “ensure quality, objectivity and consistency”

The secretary will appoint the members, who will come from the scientific, medical and claimant industries. The members will serve two- or three-year terms.

The deadline for nominations is Aug. 20. Questions can be emailed to [email protected].