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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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BeST Supports European Commission Initiative on Better Regulation

The Beryllium Science and Technology Association (BeST) is a nonprofit organization which represents the suppliers of Beryllium in the EU market, as well as traders and industries who rely on the unique properties of beryllium to design for miniaturization, energy conservation, greater reliability and longer product life.  BeST aims to promote sound policies, regulations, science […]

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US OSHA Proposes Beryllium Standard with 0.2 OEL (CFC Total Method)

In a press conference on August 6, 2015 OSHA, Industry and Labor applauded the issuance of a proposed occupational health and safety standard for beryllium that reduced the permissible exposure limit from 2.0 micrograms per cubic meter of air to 0.2 micrograms per cubic meter. The US Secretary of Labor Tom Perez remarked, “The proposal […]

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BeST Presents to TTIP Negotiators

On Wednesday 15 July Maurits Bruggink – Director EU Affairs – gave a presentation to the TTIP lead negotiators with regards to raw materials to advocate the position of the beryllium industry. BeST had the opportunity to make a 9 minute presentation at the TTIP Stakeholder meeting.  The meeting was split up into 4 separate sessions.  […]

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BeST Provides Evidenced Based Data on Beryllium to BAuA

Today BeST submitted detailed information to the BAuA for its review relative to the Risk Management Option Analysis (RMOA) for beryllium metal. The full details regarding the submission can be viewed below. The data on the prevalence of chronic beryllium disease, cancer and exposure profiles were solicited from European authorities and customers of BeST members. […]

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Research Study by Fraunhofer Provides Scientific Support for Derivation of a Beryllium OEL

The peer reviewed paper, Beryllium Concentrations at European Workplaces: Comparison of ‘Total’ and Inhalable Particulate Measurements was published by Koch, et al, in the Annals of Occupational Hygiene. The abstract states: “A field study was carried out in order to derive a factor for the conversion of historic data on Be concentrations obtained by sampling according to […]

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BeST Supports Cross-Industry Recommendations for Better Regulation in Chemicals Management

Together with more than 30 EU industry associations, the Beryllium Science & Technology Association has urged the European Commission to use workplace legislation, instead of REACH authorisation or restriction, to control the risks of hazardous substances used exclusively in the workplace. The paper calls for the following actions: –          Call on the European Commission to […]

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