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Document ID (ISN)111508
CIS number 11-0223
ISBN(s) 978-2-89631-517-8
Year 2010
Convention or series no. Etudes et recherches - Rapport R-673
Author(s) Dion C., Viau S., Dufresne A., Cloutier Y., Perrault G.
Title Beryllium exposure of workers in aluminum and magnesium processing - Evaluation of environmental monitoring parameters
Original title Exposition au béryllium des travailleurs de la transformation d'aluminium et du magnésium - Evaluation des paramètres de surveillance environnementale [in French]
Bibliographic information Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail du Québec (IRSST), 505 boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal (Quebec) H3A 3C2, Canada, 2010. vii, 46p. Illus. 72 ref. Price: CAD 8.40. Downloadable version (PDF format) free of charge.
Internet access R-673.pdf [in French]
Abstract Since 1999, there has been an increase in claims for occupational diseases related to beryllium (Be) exposure. The interventions currently being carried out by the health network in target industries, namely foundries and aeronautical companies, will provide a better characterization of this exposure in these environments and an estimate of the number of workers potentially at risk. It is in this context that the present study was carried out with the objective of proposing a Be exposure parameter better related to sensitization to this metal than the currently used measurement. It involved measuring airborne concentrations and evaluating exposures in several aluminium and magnesium alloy foundries enterprises. Findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) Quebec; beryllium and compounds; airborne dust; respirable dust; aluminium alloys; magnesium alloys; exposure evaluation; foundries
Descriptors (secondary) Canada; sensitization; sampling and analysis; threshold limit values; report; description of technique
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceQuebec
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Foundries, metalcasting and forging operations
Exposure evaluation