COAL WORKERS' HEALTH SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM
"The first priority and concern of all in the coal or other mining industry must be the health and safety of its most precious resource – the miner."
(Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969, amended 1977)
The NIOSH Coal Workers’ Health Surveillance Program (CWHSP) was established by the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969 to prevent early coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP) from progressing to a disabling disease. Through the program, eligible miners can obtain periodic chest radiographs. NIOSH has administered the program since its inception in 1970.
In accordance with the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA’s) recently-published final rule on respirable coal mine dust exposure, NIOSH has expanded its national program of health surveillance for coal miners to include periodic lung function testing (called spirometry), respiratory health assessment questionnaires, and extended health surveillance to workers at surface coal mines.
Coal Mining Respiratory DiseasesInformation about Black Lung disease, Silicosis and COPD
Coal Miner SpirometryRequirements for spirometry facilities and manufacturers
Enhanced Surveillance ProgramMobile examination unit, multimedia resources, and data query system
X-ray Surveillance ProgramInformation about free chest x-rays for underground coal miners
Chest RadiographyInformation about radiographic classification
Digital Imaging ActivityInformation on the transition from film to digital imaging
FAQsFrequently Asked Questions for miners
CWHSP FormsForms for miners, facilities and managers
CWHSP Public DataPatterns, trends, distributions, and clusters of medical outcomes of concern
Data Query SystemX-ray data that can be queried to produce tables and maps
- Page last reviewed: December 15, 2016
- Page last updated: March 7, 2017
- Content source:
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Respiratory Health Division, Surveillance Branch