DI 24540.025 Evaluating Cases Involving Tremolite Asbestos-Related Impairments – SSR 06-01p
We published Social Security Ruling (SSR) 06-01p, Evaluating Cases Involving Tremolite Asbestos-Related Impairments, on May 26, 2006. This SSR, which took effect upon publication, explains the types of impairments that might result from exposure to tremolite asbestos. Further, it explains how we evaluate these impairments in the five-step sequential evaluation process.
Please Note: On January 18, 2017, we published a final rule revising our medical evidence rules (see 82 FR 5844). These rules, which revise how we consider and articulate our consideration of medical opinions and prior administrative medical findings, are effective March 27, 2017. In SSR 06-01p, this policy is discussed under the second question of subsection “Policy Interpretation,” under subheading “Residual Functional Capacity.” Beginning March 27, 2017, see 20 CFR §§ 404.1520c and 416.920c for how we consider and articulate medical opinions and prior administrative medical findings for claims filed on or after March 27, 2017, and 20 CFR §§ 404.1527 and 416.927 for evaluating opinion evidence for claims filed before March 27, 2017.
B. Policy Sections of SSR 06-01p
Two short sections explain the purpose of the SSR and provide the pertinent history.
Policy interpretation is in question-and-answer format. The two questions answered in the SSR are:
What Types of Impairments May Result From Exposure to Tremolite Asbestos?
How Do We Consider Impairments Related to Tremolite Asbestos Exposure in The Sequential Evaluation Process?
C. References related to evaluating claims with tremolite asbestos-related impairments