NOTE: In response to a Council inquiry, CAPT Sahakian gave us this clarification of the ALCOAST below:
"The policy is for current CG members.
I recommend that retirees retain a copy of the TD (attached) and a copy of their permanent duty orders to involved cutters. Together this should be sufficient documentation for the VA. However, the VA will likely not place this in their medical record until they do in fact experience an adverse health effect."
Here's a link to the referenced the TD (Technical Directive)
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U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 12/22/2017 04:03 PM EST
R 221557 DEC 17
FM COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC//CG-11//
SUBJ: MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION OF ASBESTOS AND LEAD EXPOSURES ON COAST GUARD CUTTERS
A. Coast Guard Medical Manual, COMDTINST M6000.1 (series)
B. Technical Directive, Medical Documentation of Asbestos and Lead Exposures
on Coast Guard Cutters Constructed Prior to 1991, HSWLSCTD 2017-009
1. The Coast Guard Occupational Medical Surveillance
and Evaluation Program (OMSEP)
is designed to identify work-related diseases or conditions through baseline and
periodic examinations (IAW Ref (A)). Coast Guard personnel who are enrolled in
OMSEP protocols have known exposures to specific hazardous chemicals or physical
agents at levels documented or reasonably determined to be above the Coast Guard
Medical Surveillance Action Level (MSAL) for that hazard.
2. Coast Guard military members assigned to cutters that were constructed prior
to 1991 may have been exposed to very low levels of asbestos and lead. A full
listing of these cutters is provided in Ref (B). The levels of exposure were
well below the MSAL for asbestos and lead, so enrollment in OMSEP was not required.
However, medical documentation of these potential exposures may facilitate the
processing of possible future Veterans Administration disability claims.
3. Coast Guard Active Duty and Selected Reserve (SELRES) members who have had a
prior or current permanent duty assignment on a Coast Guard cutter that was
constructed prior to 1991 will have appropriate medical documentation inserted
into their Service Treatment Record (STR). Refer to Ref (B) for additional
4. The POC for this message is CAPT Nancy Sahakian, Chief, Occupational Medicine,
CG-1121, (202)-475-5271, Nancy.M.Sahakian@uscg.mil.
5. RADM Erica Schwartz, Director
of Health, Safety and Work-Life, sends.
6. Internet release authorized.