NIOSH publishes review of coal mine exposures


NIOSH is seeking comment until Sept. 24 on a draft review of information published from 1995 to present day on coal mine dust exposures and related health issues.

The review (.pdf file) found that after a long period of decline, the prevalence of black lung disease has increased, especially in southern West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and western Virginia. However, according to the report, new data has not changed the evidence and basis for recommendations on preventing respiratory disease among coal workers.

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