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The Risk of Developing Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis in German Coal Mining under Modern Mining Conditions

P. Morfeld, J. Ambrosy, U. Bengtsson, H. Bicker, B. Kalkowsky, A. Kösters, H. Lenaerts, M. Rüther, H.-J. Vautrin and C. Piekarski

in The Annals of Occupational Hygiene

Published on behalf of British Occupational Hygiene Society

Volume 46, issue suppl_1, pages 251-253
Published in print January 2002 | ISSN: 0003-4878
Published online January 2002 | e-ISSN: 1475-3162 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/annhyg/46.suppl_1.251
The Risk of Developing Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis in German Coal Mining under Modern Mining Conditions

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A complete inception cohort of 1369 German coal miners was followed up for coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP) development (13569 radiographs) and coal mine dust exposure (36113 gravimetric dust measurements) between 1974 and 1998. Mean respirable coal mine dust concentrations decreased from 2.5 to 1.5 mg/m3. Twenty-seven cases were detected developing International Labor Organization (ILO) profusion category 0/1. No miner contracted a higher degree of CWP. The study underscores the effectiveness of the dust control programme in German coal mining.

Keywords: coal workers' pneumoconiosis; coal mine dust exposure; quartz dust exposure; epidemiology; risk assessment

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Subjects: Occupational Medicine

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