New from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

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New from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)--www.cdc.gov/niosh--is a mobile medical unit that provides underground coal miners with the opportunity to receive confidential lung disease screening in close proximity to where they work, live or shop. The resource will assist researchers, medical professionals, and others in identifying the distribution and prevalence of black lung disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease among U.S. coal miners. To learn more, visit www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/surveillance/ORDS/CoalWorkersHealthSurvProgram.html or contact Anita Wolfe, AWolfe@cdc.gov.

Also, CDC/NIOSH has four new communications products to enhance mining safety: (1) Handbook for Methane Control in Mining, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication 2006-127; (2) EZ-Up Curtain Stoppings: A Practical Solution for Directing Ventilation Airflows in Large-opening Metal/Nonmetal Mines, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication 2006-137; (3) Super Stopping: A Permanent Solid Stopping for Directing Ventilation Airflows in Large-opening Metal/Nonmetal Mines, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication 2006-134, and (4) Effectiveness of Selected Diesel Particulate Matter Control Technologies for Underground Mining Applications: Isolated Zone Study, 2003, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication 2006-126. …