Pneumoconioses: Other Resources

Section of Freeze-Dried Human Lung, Underground Miner, Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis (Black Lung)

Other Resources

Medical and Hazard Statistics Relevant to the Pneumoconioses

Work-Related Lung Disease (eWoRLD) Surveillance System
Presents up-to-date summary tables, graphs, and figures of occupationally-related respiratory disease surveillance data on the pneumoconioses, occupational asthma and other airways diseases, and several other respiratory conditions. Current surveillance statistics and downloadable graphics and data tables are available on specific forms of the pneumoconiosis and their associated hazards:

  1. Asbestosis
  2. Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis
  3. Silicosis
  4. Byssinosis
  5. Unspecified and Other Pneumoconioses
  6. All Pneumoconioses

National Occupational Respiratory Mortality System (NORMS)
An interactive query system that can be used to derive statistics on numbers of deaths, death rates, years of life lost, and proportional mortality ratios by age, sex, race, state, industry, and occupation.

Other sources of surveillance information of relevance to the pneumoconioses are:

  1. The NIOSH 2004 Worker Chartbook
  2. The NIOSH 2000 Worker Chartbook
  3. Atlas of Respiratory Disease Mortality, United States: 1982-1993

Other NIOSH Resources

Enhanced Coal Workers’ Health Surveillance Program
In light of the observed onset of advanced pneumoconiosis among younger coal miners, and the apparent regional clustering of rapidly progressive cases, NIOSH, in collaboration with MSHA, has developed, staffed, and implemented the program. Surveys are being completed that include specifically designed standardized health questionnaires, work histories, spirometry testing, radiographic examinations, and collection of other relevant health information, which are gathered in a specially designed mobile examination unit by trained personnel.

Mining Statistics
The Mine Safety and Health Administration routinely collects information on injuries and illnesses related to mining. Because theinformation reliesto some extent on self-reports by workers to their employers these data tend togreatly under-report occupational morbidity. NIOSH has summarized the data here.

State-Based Surveillance for Silicosis
State-based surveillance programs are in a unique position to assist NIOSH in understanding occupational respiratory disease and linking surveillance to practice at the state and local level.


NIOSHTIC-2 Search Results on Pneumoconiosis
NIOSHTIC-2 is a searchable bibliographic database of occupational safety and health publications, documents, grant reports, and journal articles supported in whole or in part by NIOSH.

CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports

CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports

Other CDC/ATSDR Resources

Asbestos Resources
Asbestos page in the Toxic Substances Portal. With one click, access the best science, the latest research, and the most important information about toxic substances and how they affect our health.

Asbestos Exposure and Your Health
Asbestos mining sites, health effects, types of exposure, exposure responses, medical community information and more.

External Resources

Controlling Respirable Coal Mine Dust in Underground Mines – Workshop Resources

Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists – Pneumoconiosis Mortality

Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists – Pneumoconiosis Hospitalizations

ILO International Classification of Radiographs of Pneumoconioses

Page last reviewed: September 13, 2011