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New Critical Raw Materials list – Beryllium confirmed as a CRM

On 13 September 2017, the European Commission published its new 2017 list of Critical Raw Materials (CRMs) – Beryllium is, once again, included as a critical raw material. The Raw Materials initiative was put forward in 2008 to tackle the challenges related to the access to raw materials. The primary purpose of the list is […]

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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. The ACSH has proposed an OEL of 600 ng/m3 as an 8-hour Time Weighted Average (TWA) for “Inhalable” […]

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SCOEL Recommendation for Beryllium adopted in February 2017

On 8 February 2017, the Scientific Committee on Occupational Exposure Limits (SCOEL) officially adopted its Recommendation for an occupational exposure limit (OEL) for Beryllium. SCOEL has, therefore, proposed an OEL of 0.02 µg/m3 as an 8-hour Time Weighted Average (TWA) for “Inhalable” beryllium-containing particulate and a Short-Term Exposure Limit (STEL) of 0.2 µg/m3 (15 minutes […]

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RMOA Beryllium

On 19 December 2016, the Risk Management Option Analysis (RMOA) on Beryllium conducted by Germany’s Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA – Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin) was published on the European Chemical Agency’s (ECHA) website. The RMOA encourages the establishment of a harmonised Occupational Exposure Limit (OEL) for Beryllium while stressing the […]

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BeST’s Comments on the beryllium OEL Recommendation from the SCOEL

The Scientific Committee on Occupational Exposure Limits (SCOEL) is seeking public comments on its recently issued draft recommendation for an occupational exposure limit (OEL) for beryllium.   In the draft recommendation, SCOEL has proposed an OEL of 0.02 µg/m3 as an 8-hour Time Weighted Average (TWA) for “Inhalable” beryllium-containing particulate.  Comments are due to the SCOEL […]

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Outcome of Beryllium RMOA

On February 4, 2016, the German Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (BAuA) held a meeting to present the outcome of their evaluation of Beryllium. It invited the companies and industry representatives that have been engaged in the risk management option analysis (RMOA) consultations including representatives from BeST, the German Federation of Industries (BDI), the […]

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How to Set a Beryllium OEL

BeST would like to outline some important scientific factors that need to be considered when deriving an occupational exposure limit (OEL) for Beryllium. In order to protect workers from developing Chronic Beryllium Disease, maximum levels of airborne-Beryllium in the workplace should not be exceeded. The debate on which is the right level must consider a number […]

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Have you ever wondered why we have beryllium on Earth?

Following Forbes journalist, Ethan Siegel, a NASA columnist and professor at Lewis & Clark College, the whole process of forming different elements started right after the Big Bang, when the universe had cooled enough to let the first Mendeleev’s elements come together. Yet, beryllium is not one of the “heavy” elements, thus it was not possible for it […]

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