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Silicosis screening in surface coal miners - Pennsylvania, 1996-1997.
Tyson PA; Stauffer JL; Mauger EA; Caulfield JE; Conrad DW; Stricklin KG
MMWR 2000 Jul; 49(27):612-615
Silicosis is an occupational respiratory disease caused by inhaling respirable crystalline silica dust. Silicosis is irreversible, often progressive (even after exposure has ceased), and potentially fatal. Exposure to silica dust occurs in many occupations, including mining (1). During 1996--1997, surface coal miners at eight sites in Pennsylvania were screened to estimate the prevalence of silicosis, to identify risk factors for silicosis, and to refer miners with a possible diagnosis of silicosis or other conditions for medical evaluation and treatment. This report summarizes the results of the screening, which indicated that an increased prevalence of and risk for silicosis is associated with miners' age and years of drilling experience, and provides recommendations for preventing silicosis among miners.
Silicosis; Respiratory system disorders; Coal miners; Coal mining; Medical screening; Coal dust; Respirable dust; Region 3; Occupational diseases; Occupational exposure; Risk factors; Age factors; Worker health; Disease prevention; Medical treatment; Miners
Issue of Publication
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Page last reviewed: June 15, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division