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European Commission proposal for an EU-wide Binding Beryllium OEL

On 5 April 2018, The European Commission published its proposal for a binding occupational exposure level (OEL) for the 3rdwave of substances including Beryllium and its inorganic compounds, to be reviewed under the “Proposal for a DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL amending Directive 2004/37/EC on the protection of workers from the […]

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UK Atomic Energy Authority joins BeST

The UK Atomic Energy Authority joins the Beryllium Science & Technology Association as a new associate member. UKAEA researches fusion energy and related technologies with the aim of positioning the UK as a leader in sustainable nuclear energy. The UKAEA is an executive non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial […]

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BeST Quarterly Newsletter – Winter Edition

In this issue: Be Responsible Program in five different languages; New Critical Raw Materials List – Beryllium included as a CRM; Finding an optimal balance between protection and feasibility – BeST publishes its benchmark Occupational Exposure Limits (OEL) at a glance; A BeST representative speaks at the CRM Day Critical and Strategic materials – A Global […]

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Be Responsible Program in five different languages

BeST publishes the Be Responsible Product Stewardship Program also in French, German, Italian and Spanish. The translations can be found under General Health and Safety Guidance Documents in the Guidance Documents section. Please visit berylliumsaftey.eu to know more about the Be Responsible Program and the General Health and Safety Guidance Documents

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Finding the Optimal Balance Between Protection and Feasibility

BeST’s “Benchmark Occupational Exposure Limits (OEL) at a glance” features the OELs for Beryllium and Beryllium compounds currently applied in EU and Non-EU countries. The OELs are expressed in 8-hour Time-Weighted Average (TWA) – inhalable fraction – and range from high OELs to extremely low OELs (SCOEL recommendation). For each value, brief comments are provided […]

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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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