Beryllium

CONTAMINANT: BERYLLIUM
ORGIN: Moldex Technical Services Department
DATE: January 2017
REVIEWED/UPDATED: February 2017

Overview

Beryllium is a potent and toxic metal, which can cause serious health effects including chronic beryllium disease and lung cancer. Workers can be exposed to beryllium in numerous workplaces including construction sites and shipyards where trace amounts of beryllium may be found in slags used for sandblasting. Beryllium is found in general industry such as beryllium metal and ceramic production, non-ferrous foundries and the fabrication of beryllium alloy products.

OSHA has just issued a final rule to protect workers exposed to beryllium in general industry (1910.1024), maritime (1915.1024) and construction (1926.1124). The action level is now 0.1 micrograms per cubic meter of air calculated as an 8-hour time-weighted average (TWA). The Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) has been lowered from 2 micrograms per cubic meter of air to 0.2 micrograms per cubic meter of air as an 8-hour TWA and a short short-term exposure limit (STEL) of 2.0 micrograms per cubic meter as determined over a sampling period of 15 minutes.

The new standard covers various aspects of protection including, but not limited to protective clothing and respiratory protection. It generally requires that users who might be exposed above the PEL utilize respiratory protection. There are many other details found in this regulation, which should be reviewed.

All elements of the standard except for certain hygiene and engineering control aspects become enforceable on March 12, 2018.

Moldex® Solution

Moldex takes a conservative approach and suggests only N100 or P100 half face respirators, either disposable or reusable, for protection against beryllium up to 10X the PEL and a P100 filter disk used in conjunction with the 9000 Series full facepieces for levels up to 50X the PEL.

Reference

https://www.osha.gov/berylliumrule/index.html

From this site, the actual rule and other important information can be accessed.

Moldex Products:

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N100

Features

  • Cloth HandyStrap® feels cool and comfortable
  • Ventex® valve lets the hot air out faster so workers breathe easier and stay cooler longer
  • Softspun® lining for increased comfort and durability
  • Available in two sizes, for most workers and OSHA compliance

Features

  • New foam face cushion
  • Soft, cloth SmartStrap® is both HANGABLE and ADJUSTABLE
  • Metal-free
  • Ventex® valve
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P100

Features

  • Soft foam face cushion for added comfort and no pressure points
  • Dura-Mesh® shell resists collapsing in heat and humidity
  • Contour molded nose bridge seals without a metal noseband
  • 99.97% efficient against oil and non-oil based particulates

Features

  • P100 Particulate Filter disk is lighter than traditional filter cartridges
  • Wider field of vision because of low profile
  • P100 can be used for both oil and non-oil based particulates

Features

  • P100 Particulate Filter disk is lighter than traditional filter cartridges
  • Wider field of vision because of low profile
  • P100 can be used for both oil and non-oil based particulates

Features

  • Packaged in a reusable storage bag
  • Small, medium, and large sizes

WARNING: The information contained in this Tech Brief is dated and was accurate to the best of Moldex’s knowledge, on the date above. It is not meant to be comprehensive, nor is it intended to be used in place of the warning/use instructions that accompany Moldex respirators. Outside of the USA, check with all applicable and local government regulations.

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