A new technical cooperation project will provide training to Chinese coal miners to meaningfully participate in management decisions in the workplace and to introduce advanced coal dust sampling technology to China to prevent pneumoconiosis, or black lung.
The project was announced in Beijing on Oct. 28 by Mine Safety and Health Administration Deputy Assistant Secretary Laura McClintock.
The Bureau of International Labor Affairs is funding the two-year project in cooperation with the China National Coal Association. ILAB and CNCA agreed at the 2015 U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue to conduct a joint project to address worker rights challenges in coal mines.
“The project brings together experts from the government, industry and the scientific community to address common challenges associated with coal mine safety and health,” said MSHA Assistant Secretary Joseph Main. “It also helps develop a market in China for American technology and products.”
The project is also a response to a recent recommendation by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China to increase technical cooperation and exchange projects with the CNCA.