COAL WORKERS' HEALTH SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM

Black Lung Mobile Unit

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 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.

Page last reviewed: March 29, 2019