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Specifications for Medical Examinations of Coal Miners

July 2014
NIOSH Docket Number 276, CDC-2014-0011

With this action, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in accordance with a final rule recently published by the Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), is amending its regulations to establish standards for the approval of facilities that conduct spirometry examinations and to require that all coal mine operators submit a plan for the provision of spirometry and X-ray examinations to all surface and underground coal miners.

To view the notice and related materials, visit and enter CDC-2014-0011 in the search field and click "Search."

Reference Documents

Public Comment Period

Comments will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EST on October 3, 2014.

Written comments, identified by CDC-2014-0011 and docket number NIOSH-276, may be submitted by any of the following methods:

  • Federal rulemaking portal: Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number. All relevant comments, including any personal information provided, will be posted without change to

  • Mail: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
    NIOSH Docket Office
    1090 Tusculum Avenue
    MS C-34
    Cincinnati, OH 45226-1998