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Coal workers' lung diseases.
Attfield MD; Petsonk EL; Wagner GL
Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety, Fourth Edition. JM Stellman, ed., Geneva, Switzerland: International Labour Office, 1998 Oct; 1:10.46-10.50; 10.91-10.97
Coal miners are subject to a number of lung diseases and disorders arising from their exposure to coal mine dust. These include pneumoconiosis, chronic bronchitis and obstructive lung disease. The occurrence and severity of disease depends on the intensity and duration of dust exposure. The specific composition of the coal mine dust also has a bearing on some health outcomes. In this paper, each disease or disorder is considered in turn. Those specific to coal mining, such as coal workers' pneumoconiosis are described in detail; the description of others, such as obstructive lung disease, is restricted to those aspects that relate to coal miners and dust exposure.
Coal-dust; Coal-mining; Coal-miners; Disease-incidence; Lung-disease; Disease-incidence; Disease-transmission; Disease-prevention; Respiratory-system-disorders
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Epidemiology Investigations Branch, Morgantown, WV 26505
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Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety, Fourth Edition
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