Reduce pneumoconiosis deaths — OSH‑04

Status: Little or no detectable change

Little or no detectable change

Most Recent Data:
1,700 pneumoconiosis deaths (2021)

1,300 deaths

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

1,625 pneumoconiosis deaths among persons aged 15 years and over occurred in 2018

Reduce pneumoconiosis deaths

Target-Setting Method
Percent improvement


Pneumoconiosis is a group of lung diseases caused by breathing in mineral dusts, like asbestos, coal mine dust, or silica. People who work in certain mining, construction, and manufacturing jobs are at higher risk for pneumoconiosis. Strategies to reduce exposure to mineral dust at work are critical for reducing deaths from pneumoconiosis.