The federal mine health program in 1980 is discussed. Health hazard evaluations were completed for exposure to crystalline silica (7631869), oil shale, perchloroethylene (127184), and heat stress. A report from the coal workers health surveillance program is presented. Mine health research projects are reported on diesel exhausts, vibration, manual materials handling, coal workers pneumoconiosis, new miner studies, stomach cancer, metal toxicity on lung cells, lipid peroxidation, and diesel and metal particulates effects on interferon synthesis. Criteria documentation, standards development, and related research on radon daughters, heat stress, asbestos, silica, welding fumes, mine sanitation, and emergency medical services are reported. Respirators, personal dust samplers, and other safety equipment testing and certification are reported and mine health education programs are presented. This report represents an effort by NIOSH to identify, evaluate, and control work related disease among miners.
NIOSH, U.S. Department of Human Services, 53 pages, 86 references