US Department of Labor Completes Expansion of Site Exposure Matrices Website

OWCP News Release: [01/11/2011]
Contact Name: Jesse Lawder or Michael Volpe
Phone Number: (202) 693-4659 or x3984
Release Number: 11-0041-NAT

US Department of Labor completes expansion of Site Exposure Matrices website

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor has completed its expansion of the Site Exposure Matrices website, an effort that began in May 2010. The final six additions to the website include the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, Calif.), the Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant (also known as the East Tennessee Technology Park or K-25, in Oak Ridge, Tenn.), the Y-12 Plant (Oak Ridge, Tenn.), the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (Paducah, Ky.), the Pantex Plant (Amarillo, Texas) and the Pinellas Plant (Clearwater, Fla.).

This more robust public version of the SEM website provides additional ways to look for information regarding toxic substances used at U.S. Department of Energy nuclear weapons facilities covered under Part E of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act. The enhanced SEM website contains more data and allows users to identify interrelationships among DOE buildings, work processes, labor categories, and toxic substances verified as having been onsite and used at DOE sites. In addition to toxic substance information, the SEM website contains information regarding confirmed causal links between certain toxic substance exposures and certain diseases or health effects. The new information is now available to the public at http://www.sem.dol.gov.

Rachel Leiton, director of the department’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation, expressed her appreciation of DOE’s agreement to make its sites fully accessible. “The expanded information shows the SEM data organized in the same format as it is for this division’s claims examiners,” she said.

The SEM website also provides a users’ guide to assist the public with navigation of this new and improved resource. The guide is available at http://www.sem.dol.gov/expanded/help.cfm.

Part E of the EEOICPA provides federal compensation and medical benefits to DOE contractors and subcontractors who worked at certain DOE facilities and sustained an occupational illness as a result of exposure to toxic substances. Certain survivors of these workers are also eligible for benefits.

Following the enactment of Part E in 2004, the Labor Department launched an effort to create the SEM database to assist claimants in substantiating their Part E claims. The Labor Department continues to expand the SEM database as new information is received and is always interested in obtaining new information to supplement and enhance the SEM database. Individuals may send information or comments regarding the SEM by completing a form provided on the website, sending an e-mail to info@dol-sem-public.com or sending written correspondence to the SEM Administrator, P.O. Box 1375, Hilliard, OH 43026-1375.

 

USL&H Boat Repair Classification Change

USL&H Boat Repair Classification Change

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (“stimulus bill”) was recently enacted into law by President Obama. This Act contains a provision that affects the US Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation (USL&H) Act. Specifically, Section 803 of the Act amends the recreational vessel building, repair and dismantling exclusion (33 U.S.C. 902(3)(F)). The change removes ‘Boat Repairers’ from inclusion on requiring USL&H coverage. The effective date for this change is not specified and is assumed to be effective with the passage of the bill.
More specifically, the provision is provided and modified as follows:
“(F) individuals employed to build, repair or dismantle any recreational vessel under sixty-five feet in length—; or individuals employed to repair any recreational vessel, or to dismantle any part of a recreational vessel in connection with the repair of such vessel;”
The exclusion will continue to apply to individuals employed to “build” any recreational vessel under sixty-five feet in length.
However, with respect to the “repair” or “dismantling of any part of a recreational vessel,” a length requirement is no longer required to trigger the exclusion.
The exclusion potentially affects the following national classification codes:
• Code 6801F—Boatbuilding—Wood—NOC & Drivers
• Code 6811—Boatbuilding—Wood—NOC & Drivers
• Code 6824F—Boatbuilding or Repair & Drivers
• Code 6834—Boatbuilding or Repair & Drivers
• Code 6826F—Marina & Drivers
• Code 6836—Marina & Drivers
• Code 6872F—Ship Repair Conversion—All Operations & Drivers
• Code 6882—Ship Repair Conversion—All Operations & Drivers
Policies containing the above code(s) should be reviewed by the issuing carrier.
It is possible that USL&H coverage may no longer be required for certain risks. It may be appropriate to amend a policy and to replace a code with a State Act code, or to remove the USL&H load from the State code rate. This exclusion affects recreational vessel building, repair and dismantling. It does not apply to marine construction, such as pile driving, jetty or breakwater construction, and dock or seawall construction or repair.
Call Marineworkcomp.com at 800-264-8514 if you have any questions.

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