Steven Markowitz Appointed Chair of the new Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health of the U.S. Department of Labor

Steven Markowitz, MD, DrPH, has been named Chair of the Department of Labor's newly created Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health. Congress passed legislation establishing the Board in 2015 to advise on selected issues regarding the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program. A total of 15 board members representing the scientific, medical, and workers' representative communities were selected.

The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) was passed in 2000 and amended in 2005 to provide medical benefits and compensation to former workers of Department of Energy sites who were exposed to radiation and other toxic substances.

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Featured Project

The Barry Commoner Center directs the Worker Health Protection Program (WHPP) in conjunction with the United Steelworkers and the Atomic Trades and Labor Council. WHPP, which includes the Early Lung Cancer Detection program (ELCD), provides medical screening for Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear defense facility workers who may have been exposed to radiation and toxic substances such as beryllium, asbestos and industrial solvents. To date, WHPP has screened over 30,000 DOE workers.

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Current Events

Steven Markowitz MD, DrPH will participate as a member in the meeting of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Board of the World Trade Center Health program in New York City on March 22, 2016.

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