NIOSH: Free Confidential Health Screenings for Coal Miners
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has offered free confidential health screenings to coal miners as part of the Coal Workers’ Health Surveillance Program (CWHSP). The screenings, which began in March in Alabama, are intended to provide early detection of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, also known as black lung.
The most recent series of health checks will be conducted in coal mining regions throughout Eastern Kentucky starting on July 30, and ending August 26, 2017. All current, former, underground, surface, and contract coal miners are welcome to participate.
“The NIOSH surveillance program and access to free screenings help recognize early disease in miners and enables those with black lung to reduce dust exposures,” said NIOSH director John Howard, M.D.
NIOSH provides the individual miner with the results of their own screening, and by law, each person’s results are confidential.