Workshop: Silica Exposure and Lung Disease in the Mining Industry

October 22-23, 2020

The Silica Exposure and Lung Disease in the Mining Industry workshop is being held by the NIOSH-MSHA Respirable Mine Dust Partnership.

This will be a virtual workshop offered through the Zoom videoconferencing platform.

Call for presentations - due 8/19/2020

If you are interested in presenting at the workshop please provide, by August 19th, 2020, a short synopsis of your proposed presentation to Jessica Kogel at and Roslyn Fontaine at


Draft - Final agenda and registration details to be released soon.

Day 1 - October 22

Time Session
9:00-9:30 a.m. Opening comments, introductions, review of administrative matters
9:30-10:30 a.m.

Respirable dust and silica exposure in mining

  • Silica exposure and incidence rates in the mining industry
    • Metal and nonmetal health effects research
    • Coal health effects research
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m.-noon

Recent studies on respirable disease among miners related to exposure to RCS

  • Coal mining (includes evidence for role of silica)
  • Metal/nonmetal mining

Day 2 - October 23

Time Session
9:00-10:00 a.m. Collecting, measuring, and analyzing RCS samples
10:00-10:15 a.m. Break
10:15-11:15 a.m.

Current and proven technologies to reduce miners' exposure to RCS

  • Engineering controls
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Medical surveillance
11:15 a.m.-noon Workforce engagement & empowerment
noon-12:15 p.m. Discussion of path forward and next steps

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