March 18, 2014
The Building Trades National Medical Screening Program helps identify health problems caused by hazardous substances that workers may have been exposed to when they were working on a Department of Energy site.
Although there are no DOE sites in Oregon, construction workers often cross state lines and it’s possible that some Oregon workers or retired workers might be eligible for services. Washington’s Hanford reservation and an Idaho research laboratory are among the facilities covered by the program.
You could be eligible to participate in the program if you did construction work (for either the prime contractor or subcontractors) at certain DOE sites associated with the research or production of nuclear weapons and you have been exposed to health hazards.
You could also be eligible if you or your doctor thinks you have had serious health problems because of your DOE work.
The program is voluntary and there is no cost to you. The program’s benefits include a comprehensive work history interview and a free medical screening exam. The screening may detect health problems before they become serious and the information can help protect others who have worked at DOE sites.
Workers with qualifying illnesses cause by their work at DOE nuclear weapons research or production sites may be eligible for compensation under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.
For more information, visit the Building Trades National Medical Screening Program website or call 1-800-866-9663 or 1-888-464-0009.
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