National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health (ABRWH or Advisory Board)
In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announces the following committee meeting:
Time and Date:11 a.m.—5 p.m., Eastern Daylight Saving Time, April 5, 2007.
Place: Audio Conference Call. The USA toll free dial in number is 1-866-643-6504 with a pass code of 9448550.
Status: Open to the public.
Background: The Advisory Board was established under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 to advise the President on a variety of policy and technical functions required to implement and effectively manage the new compensation program. Key functions of the Advisory Board include providing advice on the development of probability of causation guidelines which have been promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a final rule, advice on methods of dose reconstruction which have also been promulgated by HHS as a final rule, advice on the scientific validity and quality of dose estimation and reconstruction efforts being performed for purposes of the compensation program, and advice on petitions to add classes of workers to the Special Exposure Cohort (SEC).
In December 2000, the President delegated responsibility for funding, staffing, and operating the Advisory Board to HHS, which subsequently delegated this authority to the CDC. NIOSH implements this responsibility for CDC. The charter was issued on August 3, 2001, renewed at appropriate intervals, and will expire on August 3, 2007.
Purpose: This Advisory Board is charged with (a) providing advice to the Secretary, HHS, on the development of guidelines under Executive Order 13179; (b) providing advice to the Secretary, HHS, on the scientific validity and quality of dose reconstruction efforts performed for this program; and (c) upon request by the Secretary, HHS, advising the Secretary on whether there is a class of employees at any Department of Energy facility who were exposed to radiation but for whom it is not feasible to estimate their radiation dose, and on whether there is reasonable likelihood that such radiation doses may have endangered the health of members of this class.
Matters to be Discussed: The agenda for the conference call includes: Revisit Board Policy on Sanford Cohen Associates (SCA) Hill Visits; Limiting the Time of Individual Public Comments; Review of the Completeness of the Scope of the Board Reviews; Pantex SEC Issued Raised by Dr. Fuortes; Individual Board Member Assignments for Dose Reconstruction Reviews; Work Group Updates; Discussion of NIOSH Budget Issues; Schedule of Future Board Meetings and Calls; and Board Working Time.
The agenda is subject to change as priorities dictate. There is no public comment period, however, written comments may be submitted. Any written comments received will be provided at the meeting and should be submitted to the contact person below well in advance of the meeting.
For Further Information Contact: Dr. Lewis V. Wade, Executive Secretary, NIOSH, CDC, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226, Telephone 513-533-6825, Fax 513-533-6826.
The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities, for both CDC and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.Dated: March 13, 2007. Elaine L. Baker, Acting Director, Management Analysis and Services Office,Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.