Beryllium Exposure Assessments
Does your facility need help adhering to the new OSHA regulation for beryllium?
Did you know that the new OSHA beryllium permissible exposure limit changed from 2.0 micrograms to 0.2 micrograms per cubic meter over eight hours? OSHA’s final rule for beryllium requires employers to implement protective measures for workers who are exposed to beryllium.
With the new standard, you may have questions about whether your facility is above the new limit for beryllium exposure or how you are going to communicate with and educate your workers.
ORAU offers more than 25 years of beryllium expertise with its staff of experts who have managed the ORISE Beryllium Testing Laboratory for DOE since 1993.Experience matters
ORAU health professionals at the ORISE Beryllium Testing Laboratory—one of only three facilities of its kind in the United States—have provided quality testing procedures and ensured the lab is certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act, or CLIA guidelines, and accredited by the College of American Pathologists.
We can provide consultation and work with you—no matter how large or small your organization is—to get you set up and on the right track to adhere to the new OSHA beryllium regulation.
With a tailored approach from assessing your current situation to handling abnormal lab results, we can help you communicate with your workers along the way to make sure you take the necessary steps in order to meet the requirements of the new regulations.
If your facility exceeds the new OSHA beryllium permissible exposure limit, medical surveillance to look for beryllium health effects must be offered to your workers, which include a review of medical history in addition to a variety of medical screenings, such as the Beryllium Lymphocyte Proliferation Test (BeLPT). The BeLPT helps determine if a worker has been sensitized to the metal, and if he or she needs to be evaluated further for chronic beryllium disease (CBD).
Where has beryllium been found?
End products containing beryllium and beryllium compounds have been used in many industries including:
- Aerospace (aircraft braking systems, engines, satellites, space telescope)
- Automotive (anti-lock brake systems, ignitions)
- Ceramic manufacturing (rocket covers, semiconductor chips)
- Defense (components for nuclear weapons, missile parts, guidance systems, optical systems)
- Energy (microwave devices, relays)
- Dental labs (alloys in crowns, bridges, and dental plates)
- Electronics (X-rays, computer parts, telecommunication parts, automotive parts)
- Medicine (laser devices, electro-medical devices, X-ray windows)
- Nuclear energy (heat shields, reactors)
- Sporting goods (golf clubs, bicycles)
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.