The Advisory Committee on Safety and Health at Work (ACSH) adopted its Opinion on an EU Occupational Exposure Limit value for Beryllium and Inorganic Beryllium Compounds under Directive 2004/37/EC. The opinion was adopted on 31 May 2017.
Differently from the Scientific Committee on Occupational Exposure Limits’ (SCOEL) recommendation of an Occupational Exposure Limit for Beryllium of 0.02µg/m3, the ACSH has proposed an OEL 0.6 µg/m3 as an 8-hour Time Weighted Average (TWA) for “Inhalable” beryllium-containing particulate for a transitional period of 5 years to be reduced to 0.2 µg/m3 after the transitional period.
BeST endorses the ACSH opinion for an OEL of 600 ng/m3 inhalable 8hTWA, protective and feasible. BeST recalls however that 200 ng/m3, recommended after a transitional period of 5 years, is not feasible in all industrial processes and could have severe economic impacts.ACSH Opinion Beryllium