16 Facts about Beryllium and Why You Should Care

OSHA is about to enforce requirements to limit exposure to Beryllium on job sites and for a good reason–It is deadly.  We’ve heard a lot about the new Silica Rule, but knowing the facts about beryllium is just as important.  OSHA estimates that around 11,500 construction workers are exposed to beryllium on job sites throughout the country, mostly through coal slag, which is commonly used in abrasive sandblasting. Like other respirable particulates found in construction, beryllium has been linked to a lung disease, specifically chronic beryllium disease.  The disease kills around 100 people each year. [continue reading] 16 Facts about Beryllium and Why You Should Care


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