This interdisciplinary conference, designed for the benefit of coal miners, coal mine operators, and the health and safety personnel who support them, focused on scientific and policy developments. Topics addressed included the current science indicating the risk for respiratory diseases among coal miners, state-of-the-art tools and techniques for measuring coal dust, current status for exposure limits, and the need for periodic health surveillance of coal workers. National experts in the areas of respiratory disease, health surveillance, industrial hygiene, and occupational safety and health participated in this cross-disciplinary forum.
Conference Introduction - Wayne T. Sanderson, PhD, CIH
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