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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-82-119-1454, James River Power Plant, City Utilities, Springfield, Missouri.
Zey JN; Aw T-C
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 82-119-1454, 1984 Apr; :1-41
Environmental and breathing zone samples were analyzed for coal dust, fly ash, silica (14808607), trace metals, nitrogen-dioxide (10102440), sulfur-dioxide (7446095), and carbon-monoxide (630080) at the James River Power Station (SIC-4911), Springfield, Missouri, in July 1982. The evaluation was requested by the Safety Department of City Utilities due to concern for possible employee exposure to toxic agents. Noise exposure and heat stress were also measured. A respiratory questionnaire, pulmonary function tests, and chest X- rays were administered to 70 male production workers at the facility. All concentrations of coal dust, fly ash, silica, trace metals, nitrogen-dioxide, and carbon-monoxide were below their relevant standards. Noise measurements ranged from 77.7 to 99.4 decibels (dBA). The current NIOSH and American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) standard is 85dBA. Heat stress measurements ranged from 67 to 96 degrees-F. The ACGIH standard is 77 to 90 degrees. Three percent of the subjects had chronic bronchitis. Seven subjects had at least one abnormal index of lung function. Chest X-rays showed no evidence of pneumoconiosis. The authors conclude that a health hazard from excessive noise levels exists. There are no occupationally related respiratory problems. A potential for heat stress exists in certain areas of the facility. Recommendations include management and employee training in health problems associated with coal fired power facilities.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-82-119-1454; Hazards-Confirmed; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Electric-power-generation; Region-7; Men; Breathing-zone; Fly-ash; Respirable-dust; Author Keywords: Electric Services; Electricity Generation; Coal-Fired-Power-Plant; Coal Dust; Fly Ash; Crystalline Silica; Noise
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