DOL offers help for beryllium exposure, silicosis

Eligible employees, contractors could get compensation, free medical care

WORKERS EMPLOYED AT 11 Department of Energy sites across the United States who were made ill by exposure to beryllium or silica dust may have a claim for compensation and free medical care under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA).

The program went into effect July 31, 2001 with the U.S. Department of Labor’s implementation of Part B. Part E implementation began Oct. 28, 2004.

Part B provides lump-sum compensation and medical benefits to current and former workers who have been diagnosed with cancers, beryllium disease, or chronic silicosis, and whose illness has been caused by exposure to radiation, beryllium, or silica while working directly for the DOE, its contractors or subcontractors, a designated atomic weapons employer, or a beryllium vendor.

Part E provides federal compensation and medical benefits to DOE contractors and subcontractors who work at covered facilities and sustained an illness as a result of exposure to toxic substances.

Survivors of qualified workers may be entitled to benefits as well.

Workers or survivors who believe they may have a qualified claim may contact one of the 11 DOL Resource Centers for information and assistance (see listings below).

Another great place to start is the Building Trades National Medical Screening Program or BTMed. The BTMed program offers guidance and a two-step process to determine if you are a likely candidate for compensation. This includes a work history interview (in person or by phone or a secure website) to determine possible exposures and is followed by free medical screening at a nearby clinic. More information is available at 1-800-866-9663 or at

The BTMed Program is coordinated by CPWR – the Center for Construction Research and Training and is supported by the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO.

DOL Resource Centers
Savannah River Resource Center
1708-B Bunting Drive
North Augusta, SC 29841
Oak Ridge Resource Center
Jackson Plaza
800 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Suite C-103
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Denver Resource Center
8758 Wolff Court, Suite 101
Westminster, CO 80031
Espanola Resource Center
412 Paseo De Onate, Suite D
Espanola, NM 87532
Paducah Resource Center
Barkley Center
125 Memorial Drive
Paducah, KY 42001
New York Resource Center
6000 N. Bailey Avenue
Suite 2A, Box #2
Amherst, NY 14226
Idaho Falls Resource Center
Exchange Plaza, Suite 250
1820 E. 17th Street
Idaho Falls, ID 83404
Portsmouth Resource Center
1200 Gay Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662
California Resource Center
7027 Dublin Blvd., Suite 150
Dublin, CA 94568
Las Vegas Resource Center
Flamingo Grand Plaza
1050 E. Flamingo Rd., Suite W-156
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Hanford Resource Center
303 Bradley Blvd., Suite 104
Richland, WA 99352