Fifth Interim Report (Black Lung)

Black Lung: "It has buggered my life"

28 April 2016

© Commonwealth of Australia 2016
ISBN 978-1-76010-407-8

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Membership of the Committee (PDF 23KB)
Terms of Reference (PDF 9KB)
Acronyms and abbreviations (PDF 8KB)
Executive Summary (PDF 19KB)
Recommendations (PDF 19KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 56KB)
Chapter 2 - Background (PDF 201KB)

Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis
Coal mining and CWP
History of CWP in Australia
Re-emergence of CWP in Australia
Mitigation of coal dust levels
Protective measures for workers
Screening for CWP
Queensland regulation
NSW regulation
Committee view

Chapter 3 - Issues raised (PDF 1463KB)

Coal dust level limits
Screening process
Regulatory capture
Support for workers (current and former)
Commonwealth Government action in mines health and safety

Chapter 4 - Recommendations (PDF 223KB)

Reduced coal dust exposure and improved coal dust monitoring
More thorough medical screening for CWP
Better coal dust regulation
Concluding remarks

Appendix 1 - Witnesses who appeared before the committee (PDF 15KB)
Appendix 2 - Submissions received by the committee in relation to black lung (PDF 11KB)
Appendix 3 - Additional information and answers to questions on notice (PDF 12KB)

Tabled Documents
Answers to Questions on Notice

Appendix 4 - Previous interim reports (PDF 31KB)
Appendix 5 (PDF 186KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Senior Clerk's Office
Department of the Senate
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

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