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MSHA News Release No. 98-020318
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: Katharine Snyder
Phone: (703) 235-1452

Tuesday, February 3, 1998


The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will hold a seminar in Beckley, W.Va., next week to update the coal mining community on health issues, especially recent progress in the campaign to eliminate black lung. Miners, mine operators, and other interested persons are invited to attend the meeting on Thursday, February 12, at 12:30 p.m. at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy, 1301 Airport Rd.

"MSHA recently has taken important steps to improve coal miners' health protection. Several recent actions are based upon recommendations by a special advisory committee that reviewed the entire black lung prevention strategy," said Davitt McAteer, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. "As we continue this process, it's important to keep lines of communication open with the entire mining community."

Recent MSHA actions to strengthen the coal miner health program include:

MSHA Coal Mine Safety and Health District 4 Manager Earnest Teaster will open the coal mine health update seminar in Beckley, after which MSHA health specialists will make presentations and answer questions on specific issues, primarily related to respirable dust but also including self-contained self-rescuer maintenance and other topics. There is no charge for the seminar, which is expected to last from 9 a.m. to about 12 noon. For further information on the seminar, contact Kevin Stricklin at (703) 235-1358.

Other coal mine health seminars are currently planned for February 10 in Washington, Pa.; February 11 in Lexington, Ky.; and March 3 in Price, Utah.

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