NIOSH to Provide Free, Confidential Screenings for Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis

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Starting Sunday, April 20, 2014 The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health will begin to provide  free confidential screenings to coal miners in Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Southern Utah and Southern Colorado. These screenings are intended to provide early detection of  coal workers’ pneumoconiosis or Black Lung. John Howard, the NIOSH director, states, “NIOSH’s commitment to prevention includes a dedicated effort towards early detection of black lung in coal miners.”

This service is provided by NIOSH’s Enhanced Coal Workers’ Health Surveillance Program (ECWHSP). Through the program, NIOSH will provide a mobile screening unit to varius communities and coal sites. NIOSH will start in the areas throughout Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas. Screening will take about 25 minutes and include a work history questionnaire,  chest x-ray, spirometry and blood pressure check. Results will be provided to each worker but kept confidential.

For more information visit the  ECWHSP page or call the toll free number (1-888-480-4042) with questions.

References:

NIOSH (2014). NIOSH Announces Free, Confidential 2014 Screenings for Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis for Coal Miners. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/updates/upd-04-07-14.html

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