NIOSH to offer coal miners free black lung screening in Morgantown next week

By: - July 20, 2023 6:00 am
Coal miners in dark gear with reflective tape stand in line at the NIOSH mobile testing unit to test for black lung.

NIOSH's mobile testing unit will screen for black lung disease next week during a three-day event at Mylan Park in Morgantown. (NIOSH | Courtesy photo)

Coal miners can get screened for black lung disease next week during a three-day event at Mylan Park in Morgantown.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health will offer free black lung screenings to coal miners from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, July 25 through 27 at Mylan Park, according to a news release.

The agency’s mobile unit will be at the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s WV Mine Rescue Contest to do the screenings. No appointments are necessary.

“If black lung is caught early, steps can be taken to help prevent it from progressing to the most serious forms of the disease,” Dr. John Howard, the agency’s director, said in a news release. “The NIOSH mobile unit provides underground, surface and contract miners with confidential screenings that can support next steps in reducing their exposure to coal dust.”

The screenings take about 15 minutes and include a work history and respiratory questionnaire, chest X-ray, breathing tests and blood pressure screening. All past and current coal miners are welcome to participate, the agency said. 


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Lori Kersey
Lori Kersey

Lori Kersey is a reporter with a decade of experience reporting in West Virginia. She covers state government for West Virginia Watch.