Mining Project: Coal Workers' Health Surveillance Program (CWHSP)
To maintain a Coal Workers’ Health Surveillance Program (CWHSP) designed to identify the incidence and progression of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis in all coal miners.
The Coal Workers’ Health Surveillance Program (CWHSP) was established under the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969, amended by the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and its subsequent amendments, and is administered through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Respiratory Health Division (RHD), Surveillance Branch (SB) in Morgantown, WV. The CWHSP offers medical surveillance at no cost to miners, including chest radiographs and spirometry.
Data collected by the CWHSP allows NIOSH to estimate of the burden of coal mine dust lung disease in the U.S. and provides miners with information about their respiratory health status, which can be used to inform decisions relating to their right to transfer to a less dusty work environment, when indicated.
Further information is available at the Coal Workers’ Health Surveillance System topic page.
- Best Practices for Controlling Respirable Dust in Coal Mines
- Coal Workers' Health Surveillance Program (NIOSH)
- Control of Respirable Dust
- Enhanced Utilization of Personal Dust Monitor Feedback
- Equivalency of a Personal Dust Monitor to the Current United States Coal Mine Respirable Dust Sampler
- Evaluation of the Approach to Respirable Quartz Exposure Control in U.S. Coal Mines
- Faces of Black Lung
- Investigation of Coal Properties and Airborne Respirable Dust Generation
- Respirable Dust Control for Surface Mines
- Respirable Quartz Hazard Associated with Coal Mine Roof Bolter Dust
- Respiratory Health Division (RHD)
- Trend in Black Lung Cases Concerns NIOSH Researchers