TABLE 7-1 Summary of Published Beryllium Exposure-Management Programs


Program Components



Brush Wellman workers

Respiratory protection

Dermal protection

Work-area and plant hygiene practices

Worker training

Program implementation reduced BeS to 1.1% in new workers

Deubner and Kent 2007

Atomic-weapons workers in United Kingdom

Engineering controls

Respiratory protection

Work-area hygiene practices

Medical surveillance for CBD

Program generally keeps exposures below 2 µg/m3 Only one case of CBD in 400 workers

Johnson et al. 2001

Beryllium workers

For workers:

Understand risks

Avoid inhalation and skin contact

Avoid dust-suspending activities

Participate in medical surveillance


NIOSH 2008

For employers:

Knowing beryllium content of all materials

Substitution of less hazardous materials, if feasible

Minimizing number of workers exposed

Engineering controls

Keeping airborne concentrations as low as possible

Exposure monitoring

Risk communication

Confining beryllium contamination to work area

Respiratory protection

Dermal protection

Medical surveillance



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