This report from the Ministry of Defence
(MOD) and Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) CSMB to the Compensation
Scheme Council provides a brief description of MOD and AWE’s
involvement within the Scheme. This includes the key issues considered
by the CSMB during FY 2016-2017 and an update on the number of cases
being dealt with under the Scheme.
Union Participation - The majority of claimants who are union members are members
of Prospect, Unite or GMB.
MOD Operating sites - The MOD operates a number of MOD nuclear
sites and submarines. The MOD also provides medical services (including
medical X-ray), carries out a wide range of industrial radiography,
operates RADAR equipment and uses radioactive materials to support
operational requirements. MOD employees may also be exposed to environmental
radiation sources in the course of their employment.
AWE provides the nuclear weapon deterrent and national nuclear
security activities on behalf of MOD.
History within the scheme and working arrangements
The MOD/AWE CSMB has now been operating for twenty two years. It
met once between the 1 January 2016 and 1 April 2017 and sent employer
representatives to the technical working party meeting held during
Since the formation of the board, there has been a total of 463
MOD/AWE cases received which have been eligible for detailed consideration
by the Scheme. Twenty of these have qualified for compensation payments
and have been settled, two are ongoing.
This board has received 13 new cases this financial year. No successful
cases have been settled this year.
Active management of data requests for information required to
support claims by both Dstl and the Institute of Naval medicine
has resulted in a marked improvement in the key performance indicators
on timescales for dealing with case work for MOD claims. However,
complex issues and reliance on supply of information from external
data providers delay approximately 10% of cases supported by DSTL/INM.
AWE has had no significant delays in collating data for external
and internal dosimetry reports although there have been issues with
the timeliness of obtaining Certificates of Diagnosis. AWE continue
to meet with their unions on a six monthly schedule.
Contribution to Scheme
Discussions at the Scheme Technical Working Party have clarified
the requirements for the history paper which is maintained as part
of Scheme membership. Over this reporting period, an update of the
detailed history paper recording information needed to support the
fair assessment of claims has been completed. It now includes areas
of work researched to support individual cases since the last update,
a section looking at the history of the regulatory regime, MOD union
data and a table of “lead cases” for various work environments.
The paper is now a “living” document used to support
MOD case work. It also allows other Scheme TWP and Council members’
visibility of much of the general data used to support MOD cases.
To support the MODs membership of the Scheme and management of
other radiation related personal injury claims, a Lord Chancellors
Instrument has been obtained allowing Dstl to retain documents providing
the evidence to support the fair evaluation of claims without breaching
the Public Records act.
The AWE history paper is undergoing review with the intent to include
greater detail of its past activities whilst keeping the information
within the Official classification.
AWE has completed its review, revision and up-issue of their procedures
for processing cases.