A final rule has been issued by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) concerning beryllium exposure. The rule has been set forth to reduce and prevent chronic beryllium disease and lung cancer by limiting exposure beryllium and compounds containing beryllium.
OSHA has estimated that by putting this new regulation in place that nearly 100 lives will be saved from beryllium related diseases and conditions.
About 62,000 employees and workers are exposed to dangerous amounts of beryllium every year. Employers should provide appropriate personal protective equipment to employees that are at risk of being exposed.