The wide perception gap that has surfaced between Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the tsunami-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, the government and other parties has raised serious questions about the management of plant workers’ radiation exposure.
A 30-year-old worker for a sub-subcontractor said he had been told by an employee of the subcontractor, “We won’t write down the amount of radiation you were exposed to during the latest work on your radiation management record. You don’t have to worry about it.”
Radiation exposure amounts and the results of regular medical exams are supposed to be stated clearly on each worker’s radiation management record. If workers suffer from cancer in the future, there will be no proof of the causal relationship between their radiation exposure and the disease unless such data is included in their radiation management records, making them ineligible for workers’ accident compensation benefits.
(Mainichi Japan) October 22, 2011