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Document ID (ISN)109024
CIS number 09-118
ISSN - Serial title 1545-9624 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Madl A.K., Unice K., Brown J.L., Kolanz M.E., Kent M.S.
Title Exposure-response analysis for beryllium sensitization and chronic beryllium disease among workers in a beryllium metal machining plant
Bibliographic information June 2007, Vol.4, No.6, p.448-466. Illus. 18 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to evaluate historic exposures to beryllium among workers of a beryllium machining facility in the United States, and to relate these exposure evaluations to cases of chronic beryllium disease (CBD) and beryllium sensitization (BeS). Data included 3831 personal samples and 616 general area samples, together with health surveillance data. Results showed that beryllium-sensitized and CBD workers were exposed to beryllium concentrations greater than 0.2µg/m3; among these workers, 90% were exposed to concentrations greater than 0.4µg/m3 within a given year of their work history. Based on this analysis, it was concluded that BeS and CBD generally occurred as a result of exposures greater than 0.4µg/m3 and maintaining exposures below 0.2µg/m3 95% of the time should prevent the occurrence of these occupational diseases.
Descriptors (primary) USA; beryllium; berylliosis; sensitization; metalworking industry; risk factors; machining
Descriptors (secondary) personal sampling; limitation of exposure; medical supervision; long-term exposure; determination in air; exposure evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Pneumoconioses
Metalworking industry
Inorganic substances