22nd August 2017

ACSH Opinion on Beryllium OEL

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