The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, or NIOSH, is providing free Black Lung exams in four West Virginia towns.
NIOSH’s Mobile Occupational Safety and Health Units will set up in Ceredo in Wayne County, Delbarton in Mingo County, and Man and Logan in Logan County.
The free screenings will be available next week from Monday, March 26 through Friday, March 30.
The announcement was made in a news release from U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's office.
Miners are urged to call 1-888-480-4042 to make an appointment. Walk-ins will be taken as time allows. According to NIOSH, the exam typically takes 30 minutes and includes a short questionnaire, blood pressure screening, a chest x-ray, and a breathing test. Participation is free and the results are confidential.
NIOSH Black Lung Clinic Schedule:
Monday: Ceredo City Hall, 700 B Street, Ceredo, WV 25507 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday: Old Burch Elementary School, 1891 Route 65, Delbarton, WV 25670 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Mountain Mart Village Shopping Center, 80 Huff Creek Highway, Man, WV 25635 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday & Friday: Walmart – Logan, 77 Norman Morgan Blvd., Fountainplace Plaza, Logan, WV 25601 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days.