Worker Health Protection Program

Worker Health Protection Program

DOE Former Worker Program (FWP) – Worker Health Protection Program (WHPP)

The Worker Health Protection Program (WHPP) is administered by Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY) in conjunction with the United Steelworkers (USW), the Atomic Trades and Labor Council (ATLC) in Oak Ridge, and the Fernald Medical Screening Program. Screening is conducted through partnerships with medical groups located within local U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) communities.

WHPP employs a small network of former and current DOE workers as “local coordinators” to conduct outreach and assist with program operations in the DOE communities where medical screening occurs. Activities of local coordinators include conducting outreach at community events, scheduling and assisting with program registration, answering medical screening questions, liaising with local site offices and worker groups, advising on the development of program materials and providing appropriate guidance regarding the EEOICP (Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program) claims process. Local coordinators have been an essential component in the recruitment of the DOE workers who have participated in over 29,000 original examinations through WHPP.

Click here to view a PDF of a tri-fold brochure that the DOE put together in order to assist these program coordinators in their outreach efforts to former DOE workers.

What WHPP does

The consortium utilizes expert occupational medicine physicians and support staff to provide independent medical screening to workers who are at risk of illnesses related to their work from 13 DOE sites, of which six are USW-represented sites. In addition to the standard Former Worker Program (FWP) medical screening, WHPP administers the Early Lung Cancer Detection (ELCD) Program with low-dose computed tomography (CT) scans at nine DOE sites.

WHPP provides both FWP medical screening and the ELCD Program to former workers from the following USW-represented sites:

  • Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, N.M., USW Local Union 12-9477
  • Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in Idaho, USW Local Union 12-652
  • Mound near Dayton, Ohio, former USW Local Union 1-4200
  • K-25 Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn., USW Local Union 9-288
  • Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Kentucky, USW Local Union 8-550
  • Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Ohio, USW Local Union 1-689

WHPP related links

Get connected!

Visit the WHPP website at www.worker-health.org and like WHPP on Facebook!

For more information about WHPP, please contact TMC Program Coordinator Mary Krutz at mkrutz@uswtmc.org or 412-562-2579.

If you're a former USW DOE worker who would benefit from this medical screening program, please call the following toll free number: 1-888-241-1199.

 

The Worker Health Protection Program (WHPP) is a collaborative agreement between the Steelworkers Charitable and Educational Organization (SCEO) and Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY) funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Former Worker Program (DOE-FWP). Administration of program funding is overseen by the Tony Mazzocchi Center (TMC).