|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Fri, 29 Jul 2011 07:37:19 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] BERYLLIUM: Public Citizen call for exposure limit|
PUBLIC CITIZEN: OSHA MUST TAKE SWIFT ACTION ON BERYLLIUM EXPOSURE LIMIT By Laura Walter EHS Today July 27, 2011The nonprofit consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen regards OSHAs slow progress on addressing occupational exposure to beryllium as unacceptable and calls for swifter action to protect workers from this health hazard.
Beryllium is a rare earth metal used in metalwork, electronics manufacturing and the nuclear energy sector. When inhaled, it is known to cause cancer or other diseases, including berylliosis, an incurable and possibly fatal lung disease.
The permissible exposure limit (PEL) for beryllium has not been updated since it was first adopted decades ago. Ten years have passed since Public Citizen first petitioned OSHA to reduce the PEL of beryllium from its current level of 2 micrograms per cubic meter (ug/ m3) to 0.2 ug/m3 to better protect workers.
... For the entire article, seehttp://ehstoday.com/industrial_hygiene/news/osha-swift-action- beryllium-exposure-limit-0727/
-- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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