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Beryllium Hazards and Controls

    Title:

    Beryllium Hazards and Controls

    Publication date:

    8/9/2013

    Effective date:

    11/18/2006

    BRIEF

    Policy Summary

    The Beryllium Safety Program at Berkeley Lab ensures exposures are minimized through limiting work with beryllium and by using medical surveillance, exposure assessment, and controls.

    Who Should Read This Policy

    Berkeley Lab employees, visitors, affiliates, and subcontractors who may perform work that includes beryllium

    To Read the Full Policy, Go To:

    The POLICY tab on this wiki page

    To Read the EH&S Program Details, Go To:

    http://www.lbl.gov/ehs/pub3000/CH04.html#412

    Contact Information

    Beryllium Safety Subject Matter Expert
    EH&S Division
    SPRoe@lbl.gov

    Title:

    Beryllium Hazards and Controls

    Publication date:

    8/9/2013

    Effective date:

    11/18/2006

    POLICY

    A. Purpose

    The Beryllium Safety Program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) ensures exposures are minimized through limiting work with beryllium and by using medical surveillance, exposure assessment, and controls.

    B. Persons Affected

    Berkeley Lab employees, affiliates, and subcontractors who may perform work that includes beryllium

    C. Exceptions

    None

    D. Policy Statement

    Berkeley Lab maintains an active Beryllium Safety Program to minimize potential exposure to beryllium particles. This program consists of:

    • Limiting and restricting the procurement and use of beryllium at Berkeley Lab
    • Authorization to work with beryllium via the employee Job Hazards Analysis (JHA)
    • Training and medical surveillance for potentially exposed individuals (including those with past potential exposures)
    • Hazard assessment to determine whether beryllium is used, in what form it is being used, and how it is being used
    • Workplace evaluation to determine what, if any, worker exposure is present
    • Appropriate control measures for areas where potential exposures to beryllium particulates (such as dusts, mists, or welding fumes) can occur. Control measures may include:
      • Regulated Areas
      • Respirtatory Protection
      • Protective Clothing
      • Warning Signs and Labels

    Berkeley Lab's Chronic Beryllium Disease Prevention Program summarizes all efforts to minimize and reduce beryllium exposure on site to the greatest extent possible.

    E. Roles and Responsibilities

    Managers, supervisors, and employees have the responsibility to adhere to the provisions of this policy.

    Role

    Responsibility

    Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) Division

    • Administers the Berkeley Lab Beryllium Safety Program
    • Provides training to Laboratory personnel who may work with beryllium
    • Designates the Beryllium Safety Program Manager

    Beryllium Safety Program Manager

    • Provides guidance to Berkeley Lab personnel who may work with or around beryllium
    • Carries out necessary exposure and contamination assessments for beryllium-related work and equipment
    • Reviews and updates all relevant documents and online information
    • Submits to the Department of Energy (DOE) the semi-annual Beryllium-Associated Worker Registry data
    • Writes and submits the annual Berkeley Lab Technical Assurance Program Report

    Line Management

    • Ensures that personnel working with beryllium are properly trained and aware of beryllium-related safety issues

    LBNL Employees and Affiliates

    • Follow all safety requirements when working with beryllium

    Subcontractors

    • Conform to the requirements of applicable regulations and this EH&S program

    F. Definitions/Acronyms

    Term

    Definition

    Beryllium

    A naturally occurring hard, brittle, gray-white metal that is resistant to oxidation at ordinary temperatures and is used in computer parts, X-ray tubes, gyroscopes, and rocket-fuel additives. Hazard: Highly toxic, especially by inhalation of dust. Long-term exposure may cause weight loss, weakness, cough, extreme breathing difficulty, and cardiac failure.

    CBDPP

    Chronic Beryllium Disease Prevention Program

    Chronic Beryllium Disease

    Scarring of the lung tissue when a person inhales dust or fumes of beryllium and has become sensitized to this material

    G. Recordkeeping Requirements

    • LBNL Chronic Beryllium Disease Prevention Program Plan
    • Technical Assurance Program Reporting
    • Exposure Assessment Documents
    • DOE Beryllium-Associated Worker Registry Documents

    H. Implementing Documents

    Document Number

    EH&S Reference Number

    Title

    Type

    07.07.003.001

    PUB-3000 Chapter 38

    Beryllium

    Program

    tbd

     

    LBNL Chronic Beryllium Disease Prevention Program

    Procedure

    07.07.003.002

    PUB-3000 Chapter 38, Work Process A

    General Requirement

    Work Process

    07.07.003.003

    PUB-3000 Chapter 38, Work Process B

    Procurement of Beryllium or Beryllium-Containing Materials

    Work Process

    07.07.003.004

    PUB-3000 Chapter 38, Work Process C

    Authorization to Work with Beryllium or Beryllium-Containing Materials

    Work Process

    07.07.003.005

    PUB-3000 Chapter 38, Work Process D

    Qualification and Training (Does Not Include Subcontractors)

    Work Process

    07.07.003.006

    PUB-3000 Chapter 38, Work Process E

    Beryllium Hazard Assessment

    Work Process

    I. Contact Information

    Beryllium Safety Program Manager
    EH&S Division
    SPRoe@lbl.gov

    J. Revision History

    Date

    Revision

    By whom

    Revision Description

    Section(s) affected

    Change Type

    8/9/2013

    1.1

    Roberts

    Review completed 7/8/2013, no changes; update Next Review Date

    Minor

    1/2/2012

    1

    Wisherop

    Rewrite for wiki

    all

    Minor

    DOCUMENT INFORMATION

    Title:

    Beryllium Hazards and Controls

    Document number

    07.07.003.000

    Revision number

    1.1

    Publication date:

    8/9/2013

    Effective date:

    11/18/2006

    Next review date:

    7/8/2016

    Policy Area:

    Industrial Hygiene and Safety

    RPM Section (home)

    ESH

    RPM Section (cross-reference)

    none

    Functional Division

    EH&S

    Prior reference information (optional)

    PUB-3000 Chapter 4, Section 4.12

    Source Requirements Documents

    • 10 CFR 850, Chronic Beryllium Disease Prevention Program; Final Rule

    Other Driving Requirements

    • DOE-STD-1187-2005, Beryllium-Associated Worker Registry Data Collection and Management Guidance

    Implementing Documents

    Document Number

    EH&S Reference Number

    Title

    Type

    07.07.003.001

    PUB-3000 Chapter 38

    Beryllium

    Program

    tbd

     

    LBNL Chronic Beryllium Disease Prevention Program

    Procedure

    07.07.003.002

    PUB-3000 Chapter 38, Work Process A

    General Requirement

    Work Process

    07.07.003.003

    PUB-3000 Chapter 38, Work Process B

    Procurement of Beryllium or Beryllium-Containing Materials

    Work Process

    07.07.003.004

    PUB-3000 Chapter 38, Work Process C

    Authorization to Work with Beryllium or Beryllium-Containing Materials

    Work Process

    07.07.003.005

    PUB-3000 Chapter 38, Work Process D

    Qualification and Training (Does Not Include Subcontractors)

    Work Process

    07.07.003.006

    PUB-3000 Chapter 38, Work Process E

    Beryllium Hazard Assessment

    Work Process

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