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Coal mining, silicosis and lung cancer: IIAC position paper 41

This is the council's paper about coal mining, silicosis and lung cancer.

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Coal mining, silicosis and lung cancer: IIAC position paper 41

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The Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (IIAC) reviewed the evidence on this subject. They recommend that guidance to medical assessors and decision makers be changed where a case exists for recognising the prescribed disease (PD) D11 in a coalminer with primary lung cancer.

The following conditions must apply:

  • the diagnosis of silicosis can be sustained
  • it can be shown that the individual’s work has involved ‘tunnelling in, or quarrying sandstone or granite’ (PD D11(b))

Equally, a coalminer who meets the terms of pneumoconiosis (PD D1(1)) can also be considered to satisfy the exposure requirements of PD D11(b).

Published 19 June 2018