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  • Beryllium's Background, History and Health Effects
  • How OSHA's Rule Impacts Abrasive Blasting Operations
  • How to Prepare for the New OSHA Rule in Abrasive Blasting

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WHITE PAPER

Safety Starts With Understanding Beryllium's Risks

Beryllium has a long, well-documented history of posing a hazard to workers across a variety of industries. In 2017, after years of struggling to release an updated OSHA standard, OSHA finally announced new beryllium rulings for general industry, construction, and shipyards. Compliance with these rules is now mandatory.

In this paper, we break down what this means for abrasive blasting operations and how to ensure compliance.

Summary

According to OSHA, approximately 11,500 Americans are exposed to beryllium during abrasive blasting operations. Beryllium is a grey metal present in small quantities (0.0002%) in the Earth’s crust. Beryllium dust poses a health hazard to humans.

Due to the risks of beryllium exposure in abrasive blasting and other industry practices, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has lowered the limit for beryllium exposure. The new OSHA regulations reduced the previous exposure limit from 2.0 µg/m3 to 0.2 µg/m3, for an eight-hour time-weighted average.

Organizations can implement a number of steps to anticipate, identify and mitigate risks of beryllium dust exposure. Controls may include engineering, hygiene and work practice controls, personal protective equipment (PPE) and replacing slag abrasives with high beryllium content with those with lower beryllium content, such as garnet. This will reduce employees' exposure to potential airborne health hazards.

Introduction

This white paper aims to help safety and environmental professionals understand the requirements of the new OSHA beryllium standard and how to take action to prevent exposures before they occur. 

Safe practices before and during abrasive blasting are a key component to protecting employee health and the environment.

The easiest way to safeguard employees and to comply with OSHA beryllium standards is to use the hierarchy of controls and substitute blasting agents with high beryllium content with those that contain significantly less beryllium. Next, implementing proper engineering, work practice controls and PPE can drastically reduce the risk of exposure to any residual beryllium.

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Get your copy of our new beryllium rule infographic today.

Our white paper is a valuable and in-depth look at OSHA's new beryllium rule, but for those times when you need to quickly identify the three steps to preparing for the rule, we have our infographic. Get yours today and always have an easy-to-access tool for understanding & preparing your workplace for abrasive blasting operations under the new rule.