Pay administration rules for environmental differentials are found in 5 CFR 532.511. Environmental differential pay categories are listed in appendix A to subpart E of 5 CFR part 532. Additional information about environmental differentials for prevailing rate employees can be found at www.opm.gov/oca/wage/APPFUND/.
Services to test for exposure to anthrax may be provided by the employing agency under 5 U.S.C. 7901. The Federal Employees’ Compensation Act provides for medical treatment of an actual injury or occupational disease. However, if an employee not initially entitled to services to test for exposure to anthrax is identified later as having a “documented exposure” to anthrax or other hazardous agents, he or she will be reimbursed for tests and treatments by the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) or the agency. In addition, preventative care can be authorized by OWCP when there is probable exposure to a known contaminant requiring disease-specific measures against infection. You may obtain information on workers’ compensation benefits at www.dol.gov/esa/owcp_org.htm.
Watch for information on the Office of Insurance Program’s website, www.opm.gov/insure.
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