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The National Coal Worker's Health Surveillance Program: 1970-1980.
Proceedings of the Coal Mine Dust Conference, Morgantown, West Virginia, October 8-10, 1984. Peng, SS, ed., Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University, 1984 Oct; :151-155
The x-ray surveillance program has several significant purposes. Among these are: 1. The protection of health of the individual miner; 2.The monitoring of prevalence and progression of CWP; 3.The identification of mines with high incidence of CWP for closer dust control monitoring. During the first ten years of the program, these potentials have only partially been realized, due to the problems mentioned. From our findings, some reasons are lack of information about and misunderstanding of the program within the mining community. NIOSH is actively involved in a program to overcome this problem by promoting informational and educational resources. Given fair success, we feel that a surveillance program can aid in the protection of miner's health and also provide an excellent source for epidemiological study of CWP.
Mining-industry; Respirable-dust; Dust-control; Coal-mining; X-ray-analysis; X-ray-diagnosis; Surveillance-programs; Coal-miners; Coal-workers; Coal-workers-pneumoconiosis
Proceedings of the Coal Mine Dust Conference, Morgantown, West Virginia, October 8-10, 1984
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