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Health effects of overexposure to respirable coal and silica dust.
Wolfe AL; Colinet JF
Best practices for dust control in coal mining. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication 2010-110, Pittsburgh, PA: National Institute for Occupational Safety and health, 2010 Jan; :3-9
Pneumoconioses are lung diseases caused by the inhalation and deposition of mineral dusts in the lungs. Pneumoconioses associated with working in a high-risk, mineral-related industry such as mining are coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP) and silicosis. Once contracted, these diseases cannot be cured. Therefore, it is critical to limit worker exposure to airborne respirable dust to prevent these diseases.
Mining-industry; Underground-mining; Dust-control; Respirable-dust; Coal-mining; Coal-workers-pneumoconiosis; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Silica-dusts; Silicosis; Lung-disease; Lung-disorders; Lung-fibrosis; Surveillance
Best practices for dust control in coal mining
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