Black lung plan instituted
The Queensland Government has released a black lung action plan in the wake of the re-emergence of the disease.
“We have confirmed five cases of coalminer’s pneumoconiosis [black lung disease] in Queensland and I have asked for Queensland Health data on any other possible cases,” said Dr Anthony Lynham, Minister for Natural Resources and Mines and Acting Minister for Health, in a media statement.
The Minister says the plan involves the following:
- reviewing current screening measures where coalminers have chest X-rays when they start work, at least every five years and when they retire
- taking action against coalmines that exceed regulated dust limits
- improving data collection on cases of black lung to prevent cases from being missed
- investigating regulatory changes, and
- placing the issue on the national council of mining ministers’ agenda.
For more details, visit the Government’s plan
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