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NIOSH Releases New Black Lung Video

January 27, 2020

NIOSH Releases New Black Lung Video

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released a video recently that demonstrates how
black lung is no longer just a disease that strikes older coal miners.

   It is now occurring in younger miners and the video raises awareness of the personal costs of the disease and motivates workers to participate in free and confidential health screenings. Rates of black lung disease, or coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP), has more than doubled over the last 15 years. Faces of Black Lung II – The Story Continues, a followup to the first Faces of Black Lung video produced over 10 years ago, leads the viewer through a short history lesson on miner protections. It then transitions to the stories, in their own words, of three young miners who are experiencing the severity of the disease and are confined to their homes. The miners are in their 30s and 40s, much younger than the workers who appeared in the Faces I video, who were in their 50s. The Faces II video will be disseminated to coal miners upon request, coal mine operators, physicians, industrial hygienists, trainers, and others interested in the health of coal miners.
   —Please see https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/updates/upd-1-22-20.html for more about this.