Coal Workers ' Causes And Adverse Effects On Coal Miners

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Coal in the Air, Disease in the Lungs Coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP) is a pulmonary disease caused by the inhalation of coal dust, graphite, or other man-made carbon dust over an extended period of time.[1] It can also be defined as the accumulation of coal dust in the lungs and the tissue’s reaction to its presence.[1] CWP causes adverse health effects in coal miners that affect their daily living. Some of these adverse effects and symptoms include coughing and shortness of breath. People that have contracted CWP struggle with normal activities involving breathing, such as walking up flights of stairs, strenuous activity, and many others. In this research paper, the background of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis will be discussed,…show more content…
He has always coughed up phlegm even when he has not been ill with non-coal related respiratory infections. It was originally thought that coal dust with a low silica component was harmless or even beneficial to people who breathed it in.[4] In 1969, the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act was established, in which the maximum coal dust exposure levels were lowered to 3 mg/m3.[4] The numbers and data that were used for this act to go into effect were taken from the United Kingdom, since there was not enough epidemiological information on coal mines in the U.S. at the time (in order for the dust concentrations to be measured).[4] Lawmakers essentially assumed that underground coal mines in the U.K. had
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