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Qld seeks to improve black lung screening with new standards

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th May 2017 The Queensland government has introduced new accreditation standards for people conducting the compulsory lung function test on the state’s 30 000 coal miners, as part of its reform to tackle black lung disease. “The new standards will ensure quality tests, so if a coal mine worker has lung... 

Claims lodged for compensation for asbestos-related diseases down, stabilising

By: Dylan Slater     15th November 2016 During the financial year to February 29, the Kgalagadi Relief Trust (KRT) paid out 35 claims, totalling R3.42-million, to persons who have contracted illnesses related to exposure to asbestos stemming from South African mines.  

Union says Black Lung a crisis as system fails to detect disease

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th September 2016 The CFMEU believes the Black Lung disease has reached a crisis level and is escalating, after another coal mine worker was officially diagnosed to have the disease, bringing the total number of infected persons to 15. CFMEU mining and energy division Queensland district president Stephen Smyth... 

Health risk effects from prolonged talc exposure not conclusive

By: Yolandi Booyens     5th October 2012 While studies have confirmed a link between talc exposure and lung disease, a direct link with lung cancer has not yet been confirmed, says occupational health and hygiene provider Boletshe OHH Solutions owner and principal Occupational Hygienist Mohlabani Jan Mepha. Some studies suggest a slight... 

Platinum health risk study due to be published by year-end

By: Yolandi Booyens     24th August 2012 Pathologists at the South African National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOH) have examined the hearts and lungs of more than 100 000 mineworkers to date, including almost 13 000 platinum mineworkers. The results of research on the health effects of platinum mining should be published... 


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