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NIOSH Testimony on Lead by J. A. Merchant, November 2, 1977.
NIOSH 1977 Nov:5 pages
This testimony dealt with medical removal programs and NIOSH's experience in providing medical examinations for underground coal miners under the Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969. The testimony discussed the medical examinations, including chest x- rays, mandated for every underground coal miner at intervals not to exceed 5 years. Other specific comments concern earning protection programs; whether employees should be permitted to remain on their job despite the risk of material impairment of their health; to what extent, if any, respirators should be permitted to reduce exposures of employees who are at increased risk of material impairment of their health; whether a time limitation should be placed on the duration of medical removal protections for a particular employee; whether the initial medical opinion should be subjected to multiple medical opinions; and whether employee participation in medical surveillance programs should be mandatory.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Testimony; Merchant-J-A; Mining-industry; Mine-workers; Respiratory-system-disorders; Personal-protective-equipment; Occupational-safety-programs; Chest-X-rays;
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Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease; Disease and Injury; Respiratory-system-disorders; Control Technology and Personal Protective Equipment; Research Tools and Approaches;
NIOSH, 5 pages
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