For Coal Mine Workers

New process for reading chest X-rays - information for workers

The Coal Mine Workers' Health Scheme protects the health of Queensland coal mine workers by ensuring periodic health assessments are conducted. The health assessments often include a chest X-ray to detect coal mine dust lung disease such as coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP).

Early detection of coal mine lung dust disease is essential. A miner with early signs of CWP may have no symptoms, but their exposure to harmful dust should be reduced to prevent the disease from progressing. Accordingly, early detection through an effective screening program is critical to protecting the workforce.

Chest X-rays are examined to the International Labour Organization International Classification of Radiographs of Pneumoconioses (ILO Classification) by at least two medical experts. These experts have achieved B-reader accreditation from the US-based National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

New Australian-based dual reading service.

In July 2016, the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME) engaged the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) to provide chest X-ray dual reading services for Queensland's coal mine workers. This was an interim solution until an Australian-based dual reading service was established.

DNRME has now appointed Lungscreen Australia to provide this service. Lungscreen's B-readers have achieved the same NIOSH accreditation as UIC. The B-readers will report in the format recognised by the ILO, which provides a rigorous process for reporting on the abnormalities in chest X-rays that may indicate pneumoconiosis.

DNRME has commenced the transition of dual-reading chest X-rays to Lungscreen. For now, Lungscreen will conduct the first read and UIC will conduct the second read and any adjudications necessary, producing the final report.

The first group of coal mine workers to have their chest X-ray read under this new process will begin in early May 2018.

New process for reading chest X-rays

Registering with Lungscreen

A key feature of the new Australian-based service is that you need to register with Lungscreen. This is only required once and before your X-ray is taken.

Registration allows your X-ray to be accurately tracked through the reading process and allows you to access your X-ray image and ILO reports online.

You can register yourself by clicking this link or ask the doctor conducting your health assessment to register on your behalf.

Lungscreen will notify you when your ILO report is available to access.

Registered X-ray Providers

For a list of registered X-ray providers, please follow this link to the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.

More information

Lungscreen Australia
Call: 07 5376 3333
Email info@lungscreen.com

Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
Call: 07 3818 5420
Email: HSU@dnrme.qld.gov.au
Visit: www.dnrme.qld.gov.au/