Beryllium Exposure – Is Your Workplace Safe?

Beryllium Exposure – Is Your Workplace Safe?

Are you confidant that your workplace environment is safe and that your air is clean and nontoxic for your workers? The DOE took a look at their indoor air quality and thought they could do better.

In an effort to protect their employees, the Department Of Energy has proposed changes to their existing CBD prevention program. CBD, Chronic Beryllium Disease, causes scarring of the lung tissue and has been linked to cancer. CBD occurs when beryllium dust or fumes are inhaled. Workers exposed to beryllium – a naturally occurring metal found in certain rocks – can develop a sensitivity to the metal which can lead to compromised immune systems, lung damage, diminished oxygen levels and severe ill-effects such as lung disease and cancer.

In May of this year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reopened their docket on the review of CBD after an extensive evaluation of scientific evidence relating to health risks of beryllium exposure. As a result of OSHA’s action, the DOE recently issued a notice to amend their existing CBD Prevention Program regulation by reducing workers exposed to beryllium at DOE sites. The DOE plans to establish continual monitoring of the program’s efficacy and will require data collection for research in order to better understand the disease and its implications.

In the normal course of daily activity, the general population is exposed to low levels of beryllium gases through air, food and water. But people who work in industries where beryllium is processed, mined, or converted are at particular risk.

Businesses and government agencies affected by beryllium exposure are widespread. Beryllium metal is strong, lightweight, corrosion-resistant and is an excellent thermal conductor, all while being non-magnetic. Its properties make it ideal for use in numerous industries such as aerospace, telecommunications, electronics, and dental, to name only a few. It is particularly ideal for use within the atomic energy and nuclear weapons industries.

When it comes to workers’ health, environmentally safe clean air is paramount. Air purification and fume extraction systems vastly improve the air you and your workers breathe. Companies who have workers who are exposed to beryllium metal should contact Air Impurities Removal Systems, Inc. for a free safe work-place analysis.