Denise Brock, ombudsman to the Centers for Disease DOE health Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), is spreading the word to Department of Energy (DOE health) production and construction workers about free medical screenings and compensation they may be due as a result of the materials they were exposed to under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.
The Act, passed by Congress in 2000 established a fund to compensate workers and their families who were made ill or died due to their work in nuclear weapons facilities or working on former sites, with up to $400,000 in compensation, plus medical benefits provided.
“There are about 370 facilities across the United States that were involved in this type of work from the Manhattan Project, the Cold War and going forward DOE health,” Brock told members at a recent meeting of the St. Louis Building & Construction Trades Council.
“There are production workers that did this type of work, but we also have construction trades people who were involved in construction, dismantling and cleanup that had very unique exposure,” Brock said. “They are also considered covered under every Department of Energy site. They are eligible for free medical screening specific to the building trades. In the state of Missouri, we have paid out over $200 million so far in monetary compensation dollars and medical benefits. Nationwide it’s $22 billion and it DOE health not have a sunset on it, this will continue on as long as people file claims.”
The funding for the program comes from the U.S. Treasury Department and is called by some an “Apology Payment” to those who did this dangerous work.
Who is eligible?
Workers and women eligible for compensation for work on these sites include boilermakers, carpenters, electricians, machinists, laborers, pipefitters and others.
“If you have someone who worked on one of these sites, that’s up to $400,000 in cash value, which is tax-free, but then there are health benefits on top of that,” Block told the Building Trades Council. representatives of the association. “We don’t want this money to come from the Health and Social Care Fund and we don’t want it to be spent.”
Block called on the union’s business leaders to work with their members to determine whether they are entitled to compensation.
FIND OUT IF YOU QUALIFY
The Building Trades National Medical Screening Program (BTMed) is a database that provides a listing of contractors and subcontractors with a known contractual relationship with various Department of Energy (DOE health) facilities that are covered under the Compensation Program Act. It includes subcontractors on the Mallinkrodt Weldon Spring Plant, Mallinkrodt Chemical Company Destrehan Street Facility (downtown St. Louis) and the St. Louis Airport Storage Site among others, including sites in other states where local workers may have traveled for jobs.
NIOSH compiled and updates the list of contractors who worked on those sites to identify which workers may be at risk and add contractors whose employees may have been at risk, if their company isn’t currently listed.
New York City Schools Daily DOE health Checks What Parents Need to Know
The City Department of Education encourages families to use the online DOE healthscreening tool each day their child is expected to participate in in-person learning during the 2020-2021 school year. In this photo, students at PS 37 in Great Kills return to school for the first day of school on Monday, September 21, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Annalise Knudson)
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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — As New York City schools begin a phased reopening this week, all students will be required to undergo daily health screenings before participating in in-person learning.
In a letter to families, Chancellor Richard A. Carranza explained that the health and safety of students, families and school staff is a top priority.
“We all have a role to play in keeping our school community safe by ensuring that children undergo health screenings (including temperature checks) before entering school buildings; we ask that you do your part,” Carranza said in the letter.
The city Department of Education (DOE health) encourages families to use the online health screening tool each day their child is scheduled to attend in-person learning.
When using online tools
When testing at home, you or your child will need to show the email on your smartphone or print the results and submit them before entering the school building. All students will be provided with an oral thermometer during the first week of in-person learning in case a temperature check is required.
If you don’t use online tools
If you or your child are unable to complete the pre-screening using online tools, you can use a paper health screening form and bring the completed form to school to show at enrollment.
Your school will provide printed materials for you to complete the survey at home.
If you forget or cannot complete the pre-check
If you or your child forgets or is unable to complete the pre-screening, a representative will be available at the school entrance to help your child fill out forms and check their temperature.
What to consider when previewing
If your child is sick, do not allow him to go to school or DOE health daycare.
Students may not participate in face-to-face classes in the following cases:
Within the last 10 days, you have developed symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever of 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, a new cough, new loss of taste or smell, or shortness of breath.
Tested positive for COVID-19 using saliva or a nasal or throat swab in the last 10 days.
In the last 14 days, you have had close contact (within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes) with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19.
Travel internationally or from states with widespread community transmission of COVID-19 in accordance with New York State travel advisories in the past 14 days.
Students and staff will not be permitted to remain in school if they have any or more of the following symptoms: Temperature greater than 100 degrees. Coronavirus symptoms, I have tested positive for coronavirus. In addition, those who have traveled abroad or to the affected state in the last 14 days will not be allowed entry.
All schools in New York will be required to close if the number of new coronavirus cases exceeds a threshold of 3% on a seven-day rolling average.
If two or more cases are confirmed in the same school but not in the same classroom, the two classrooms will be quarantined for 14 days and the school will be quarantined for at least 24 hours until the city’s Department of Health (DOH) can (DOE health) investigate. . .
When school buildings are closed or classrooms are quarantined, students and teachers DOE health will move to remote learning.
If a student exhibits coronavirus symptoms during class, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, or other symptoms, the student will be sent to the school isolation room. The student will then be assessed by a nurse or DOE healthcare professional.
Families of students exhibiting coronavirus symptoms are encouraged to get a coronavirus test and share their results DOE health with the school.