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DOL publishes changes to the EEIOICPA Procedure Manual – Part 1 Asbestos Related Diseases

December 9, 2019

December 9, 2019

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The Department of Labor’s Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation (DEEOIC) revised its Procedure Manual on November 21, 2019.  Cold War Patriots has reviewed the changes and will provide a summary and how they may affect your claim. This is Part 1 of a 5 part series explaining the policy changes and addresses the revisions to asbestos related diseases.

Exhibit 15-4.3 changes the previous policy on the presumptions on asbestos exposures for some labor categories at DOE facilities and adds the labor category of Uranium Miller and Miner.    It also removes the language from the previous version of the Procedure Manual requiring high levels of asbestos exposure and adjusts the end date in their assumption of less asbestos exposure from December 31, 1986 to December 31, 1995.

This should be helpful to claimants with asbestos related illnesses.  Claimants whose case was previously denied for asbestos exposure either because they are a uranium worker or because the denial was based on the 1986 cut-off date can request that their claim be reopened because of this new policy.

DEEOIC acknowledges that the following diseases are the result of exposure to asbestos:

  • Asbestosis Aliases: Asbestos pneumoconiosis
  • Asbestos-related pleural disease Aliases: Pleural plaques; Diffuse pleural thickening; Pleural effusions; Rounded atelectasis
  • Laryngeal cancer Aliases: Cancer of larynx; Larynx neoplasms; Larynx cancer; Laryngeal neoplasms
  • Lung cancer Aliases: Bronchogenic carcinoma
  • Mesothelioma, peritoneal
  • Mesothelioma, pleural
  • Ovarian cancer Aliases: Malignant neoplasm of ovary; Epithelial ovarian cancer
  • Pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive Aliases: Bronchitis, chronic; Emphysema; COPD

The full list of labor categories which are presumed to have significant levels of exposure to asbestos are:

  • Automotive mechanic; Vehicle mechanic; Vehicle maintenance mechanic • Boilermaker
  • Carpenter; Drywaller; Plasterer
  • Demolition technician; Laborer
  • Electrical mechanic; Electrician; Floor covering worker
  • Furnace & saw operator; Furnace builder; Furnace operator; Furnace puller; Furnace technician; Furnace tender; Furnace unloader
  • Glazier; Glass installer; Glazer
  • Grinder operator; Mason (concrete grinding); Tool grinder; Maintenance mechanic (general grinding); Welder (general grinding); Machinist (machine grinding)
  • Insulation worker; Insulation trade worker; Insulator
  • Ironworker; Ironworker-rigger
  • Maintenance mechanic; Electrician; Insulator;
  • Mason; Brick & tile mason; Concrete and terrazzo worker; Bricklayer, Tilesetter
  • Millwright
  • Heavy equipment operator; Operating Engineer
  • Painter
  • Pipefitter, Plumber steamfitter; Plumber/pipefitter; Plumbing & pipefitting mechanic; Plumbing technician, Steamfitter
  • Roofer
  • Sheet metal mechanic; Sheet metal fabricator/installer
  • Welder; Welder burner; Welder mechanic
  • Uranium Miner/Miller (NEW!)

If you have any questions or concerns about this policy change our Help Center is here for you, 888-903-8989.