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Document ID (ISN)111176
CIS number 10-0698
ISSN - Serial title 0007-9952 - Cahiers de notes documentaires - Hygiène et sécurité du travail
Year 2010
Convention or series no. PR 45-220
Author(s) Vincent R., Catani J., Créau Y., Frocaut A.M., Good A., Goutet P., Hou A., Leray F., André-Lesage M.A., Soyez A.
Title Occupational exposure to beryllium in French enterprises. Evaluation of the level of atmospheric exposure and surface contamination
Original title Exposition professionnelle au béryllium dans les entreprises françaises. Evaluation des niveaux d'exposition atmosphérique et de contamination surfacique [in French]
Bibliographic information 3rd quarter 2010, No.220, p.53-62. Illus. 30 ref.
Internet access PR_45-220.pdf [in French]
Abstract A beryllium occupational exposure evaluation survey was conducted in France from 2004 to 2006. Air and surface samples were collected from 95 enterprises involved in 37 different sectors. Findings show that atmospheric concentrations of beryllium often exceed the French recommended limit of 2μ/m3. Activities and sectors with the highest exposures are the metalworking and electronic component manufacturing industries. Surface contamination levels are also important and frequently exceed the threshold limits proposed by various bodies. In view of these findings, preventive measures including the substitution of beryllium, sound process management, surface decontamination and appropriate medical supervision should be implemented.
Descriptors (primary) beryllium and compounds; monitoring for surface contamination; determination in air; exposure evaluation
Descriptors (secondary) France; beryllium; beryllium alloys; sampling and analysis; medical supervision; metalworking industry; electronics industry; job-exposure relation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Metal production and metalworking
Other industries and occupations
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Exposure evaluation
Electronics industry
Metalworking industry