Occupational and Environmental Respiratory Disease. Harber P, Schenker MB, Balmes JR, eds., St. Louis, MO: Mosby, 1995 Jul; :697-703
Respiratory disorders associated with electric power generation were considered. Specific topics that were addressed included: coal and oil fired power stations; nuclear fission power facilities; geothermal power facilities; specific regulatory issues; and hazard control approaches. Possible exposures in electric power generation included coal dust, fuel ash, acid aerosols, cooling water, asbestos (1332214), welding fumes, free silica (14808607), and irritant gases. Respiratory hazards associated with these exposures included asthma, pneumoconiosis, acute and chronic bronchitis, membrane irritation, fume fever, Legionella pneumonia, flu like illness, lung cancer, pleural disorders, lung fibrosis, fever, siderosis, silicosis, and/or asphyxiation. Recommendations for controlling respiratory hazards in electric power generation included: strict management of exposures; use of engineering controls; use of personal protection programs; monitoring of water temperature; effective cleaning procedures; and use of comprehensive occupational safety and health training programs.