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
Management of Coal Worker's Pneumoconiosis (CWP) requires all members of the health care team to work together. The team needs to understand recent changes in the guidelines that establish the presence and severity of CWP and the different presentations of CWP to determine the factors involved in CWP progression.