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The Department of Energy’s final rule for the Chronic Beryllium Disease Prevention Program was published in 1999, and effective in 2000, was established to accomplish three goals:

  1. reduce the number of workers currently exposed to beryllium in the course of their work at DOE facilities
  2. minimize exposures and the potential for exposure
  3. establish medical surveillance requirements to ensure early detection of disease.

The goal of this study is to evaluate the impact of the DOE’s 1999 Beryllium rule on occupational exposures and the incidence of new cases of beryllium sensitization and chronic beryllium disease. This study hypothesizes that a quantifiable reduction in exposure and disease due to implementation of the current rule at DOE sites can be estimated and possibly used as a predictive metric in estimating the burden of disease that could be reduced with enactment of new proposed rules. This research could provide support for the rule-making as well as result in advances in the science of beryllium exposure and associated health effects.

ORAU and the Colorado School of Public Health Center for Health, Work & Environment conducted this study. To learn more about this study, see ORAU and CHWE's presentation from the 2019 American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition, or contact Ashley Golden, Ph.D., at Ashley.Golden@orau.org.

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To learn more about beryllium exposure testing or if you need help adhering to the new OSHA regulation for beryllium, contact Barbara Neill at 865.241.6152 or barbara.neill@orau.org.