At Lungscreen, we are dedicated to safeguarding the health of Australian industrial workers, offering comprehensive lung screening and registry services tailored specifically for those employed in the coal and mineral mine and quarry industries. Our Occupational Lung Disease Screening Service stands as a vital pillar of our commitment to worker welfare and early disease detection.
Our Unique Approach
Lungscreen distinguishes itself by integrating cutting-edge technology and collaborative expertise with radiologists to deliver an internationally recognized occupational lung screening and reporting program. We pride ourselves on employing high-quality X-rays and imaging services sourced from proficient radiologists across Australia, ensuring our reports adhere to the rigorous standards set by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
Our certification is a testament to our unified vision and the innovative prowess of our dedicated team of lung specialists. All our radiologists are NIOSH B-Reader approved, possessing fellowship training and accreditation at the highest levels established by The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR). Every abnormality detected during our screenings is promptly reported to the referring clinician and occupational health specialist. Furthermore, our clinical team diligently reviews and communicates any incidental abnormal findings to the relevant practitioner.
Understanding Occupational Lung Diseases
Occupational lung diseases encompass various respiratory conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, silicosis, emphysema, diffuse dust-related fibrosis, coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP), and its severe form, progressive massive fibrosis (PMF). These afflictions often result from prolonged exposure to respirable mine dust containing silicates, carbon, and quartz.
Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis (CWP)
CWP, also known as black lung disease, stems from prolonged exposure to respirable coal dust. When high concentrations of coal dust accumulate in the lungs’ air sacs, it leads to scarring of lung tissue, reducing elasticity and impairing lung function significantly.
Health Assessments for CWP
The Queensland Coal Mine Workers’ Health Scheme mandates periodic health assessments for Queensland coal mine workers, including chest X-ray examinations upon entry, every five years, and
upon retirement. This screening obligation rests with employers, ensuring timely assessments and coverage of expenses.
Our Service Commitment
Lungscreen offers an effective chest X-ray screening program specifically designed to diagnose and manage occupational lung diseases early. Queensland legislation mandates that chest X-rays for coal mine and MMQ workers adhere to the International Labour Organization (ILO) standards. Since 2017, Lungscreen has been the sole organization appointed by the Department of Natural Resources, Mines, and Energy to provide this essential service to coal mine workers across Queensland. With new legislation covering MMQ workers effective from September 2022, our team is poised to extend our specialized services to these workers as well.
Partner with Lungscreen for Comprehensive Occupational Lung Disease Management
Ensure the health and well-being of your workforce with Lungscreen’s state-of-the-art Occupational Lung Disease Screening Services. Our commitment to excellence, coupled with specialized expertise, ensures early detection and management of occupational lung diseases. Contact us today to safeguard your workers’ respiratory health and uphold industry compliance standards.