NSW to adopt Qld black lung monitoring practices

NEW South Wales will establish a similar standard for monitoring of occupational lung disease in coal mine workers to that adopted in Queensland on July 1.

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NSW is updating its black lung monitoring to be in line with that of Queensland.

CS Health general manager Mark O'Neill said the Coal Services Board approved changes to health monitoring requirements for NSW coal mine workers under Order 43. 
 
"Our goal is to ensure that the health surveillance program in NSW continues to deliver the best possible outcomes for coal workers," he said.
 
"The new Order 43 builds on components of Order 41 and formalises existing processes that have been implemented over time."
 
Under Order 43, the frequency of chest x-rays has increased to every three years for underground and open cut workers involved in the production, processing and maintenance of coal, and every six years for other workers. 
 
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