Enhanced Coal Workers’ Health Surveillance Program
Black Lung Screenings
September 2021 Cancelation Notice
Due to an increase in COVID-19 transmission rates in West Virginia, the black lung screenings that we had hoped to provide in southern West Virginia through NIOSH’s Mobile Unit in September 2021 are canceled. We do not have an estimate of when we will be able to provide these screenings in the future, so please continue to check this web page for updates.
COVID-19 vaccination helps protect miners and their families from getting COVID-19. It also protects those who get COVID-19 from getting severely ill. NIOSH encourages everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. To find a COVID-19 vaccine near you go to Vaccines.gov. For information about COVID-19 variants, go to the CDC’s variants of the virus webpage.
The Enhanced Coal Workers’ Health Surveillance Program (ECWHSP), an extension of the Coal Workers’ Health Surveillance Program, was developed in collaboration with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)external icon to investigate the trends of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP), also referred to as “black lung.” The program is staffed by trained NIOSH personnel who provide screening services to coal miners across the U.S. through state-of-the-art mobile testing units. Screenings include:
- Work history questionnaire
- Chest radiograph
- Respiratory assessment questionnaire
- Lung function testing (spirometry)
- Blood pressure screening
NIOSH directly provides each miner with their screening results. By law, each person’s results are confidential. No individual information is publicly disclosed.
Participation in this program gives coal miners:
- An easy way of checking their health status
- A confidential report about their lung function
- A confidential report on whether or not they have radiographic evidence of black lung
Announcements for times and locations of black lung screenings begin each year in March and run throughout the summer through NIOSH press releases, the Coal Workers’ Health Surveillance Program Facebook page (@CWHSP), @NIOSHBreathe Twitter, and the Coal Workers’ Health Surveillance Program webpage. Announcements are also made through local newspapers and radio stations. Further information can be found in our program fact sheet or by calling us at 1-888-480-4042.