The Department of Labor (DOL) Site Exposure Matrices (SEM) Website is a repository of information gathered from a variety of sources regarding toxic substances present at Department of Energy (DOE) and Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) facilities covered under Part E of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA). In putting together SEM, DOL held round table meetings with workers from DOE facilities all over the country and gathered their input on the hazards at these sites. DOL also obtained copies of thousands of documents from DOE regarding toxic substances at those facilities.
In addition to toxic substance information, the SEM Website also contains information regarding scientifically established links between toxic substances and illnesses. Displayed links for diagnosed illnesses show how these correlate to toxic substance exposures. The relationship between toxic substances and diagnosed illnesses shown in SEM is derived from the Haz-Map database published by the National Library of Medicine (http://hazmap.nlm.nih.gov/index.php). DOL continually updates these relationships in SEM as new disease associations are published in Haz-Map. The causal links shown in SEM do not represent an exclusive list of the pathways necessary for an affirmative Part E causation determination. Every case is evaluated on its own evidentiary merits. (Please note, however that SEM does not address the relationship between radiation and cancer. For purposes of EEOICPA, the relationship between radiation and cancer is evaluated by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)).
DOL provides expanded information (i.e. buildings, processes, labor categories, and related diagnosed illness associations) for DOE sites and RECA facilities. The information was reviewed by the Department of Energy (DOE) to prevent the release of data that could pose national security risks. Because the expanded information in SEM must be pre-approved for release by DOE, it is based upon the data as it existed on October 29, 2014. As DOL adds newly identified toxic substances to SEM they will appear on the site-wide chemical list, but not in the expanded data, until further release is authorized by DOE.
If you have trouble accessing the website, or you wish to provide comments or documentation of toxic substance use at a particular facility, or scientific evidence establishing an occupational illness link, please email your comment to firstname.lastname@example.org, or select the "Submit Information" button to your right. You can attach an electronic file for review. If you have questions about navigating the site which go beyond the information provided in the user guide or if wish to submit your comments or documentation by mail, please write to the following address:
Site Exposure Matrices Administrator
Whenever possible, the status of inquiries made to the administrator is posted on this website. The documentation submission process is not intended for use as a means to adjudicate individual claims, and information submitted for review will not be associated with any specific claim file. Individuals submitting information for review will only be contacted in the event additional documentation is required. Documentation will be used to garner a better understanding of the different toxic substances used at covered Part E facilities and their potential adverse health effects. If you wish to submit records pertaining to a specific case file, you must contact the proper adjudicatory District Office. Contact information is available at the following website link:
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