PDC 426

The Proposed OSHA Beryllium Standard: What You Need to Know

intermediate | Credits: 8 CM Credit Hours / 0.8 CEU / 0.5 CMP
Sunday, May 22 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Limit: 60


Emerging Issues, Exposure Banding/OEL Process, Legal, Regulatory, Guidelines, and Standards, Stewardship and Sustainability


The prevention of chronic beryllium disease (CBD) and other health effects associated with occupational exposure to beryllium continues to be the focus in industries involved with beryllium. In August 2015, OSHA issued a proposed substance-specific standard for beryllium. This PDC will present the key provisions of the proposed OSHA Beryllium Standard and provide participants with the tools and information in preparation for the issuance of the final standard. One of the elements to be discussed will be Beryllium Worker Protection Model which has been developed and is being successfully used at facilities manufacturing and processing beryllium and beryllium-containing materials. This Beryllium Worker Protection Model focuses on the control of multiple exposure pathways and monitoring the effectiveness of these controls using leading measures.


Participants should have a working knowledge of industrial hygiene practice, exposure assessment techniques, engineering and work practice controls, and personal protective equipment and be familiar with medical surveillance, toxicology, and epidemiology.

Learning Aids

Participants must bring a laptop OR tablet/iPad.

Value Added

Participants will receive a DVD of the Interactive Guide to Working Safely with Beryllium and Beryllium-containing Materials.


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the proposed OSHA standard for beryllium.
  • Develop and implement strategies for controlling occupational exposure to beryllium.
  • Identify potential adverse health effects of occupational exposure.
  • Recognize potential sources and pathways of beryllium exposure.
  • Develop beryllium exposure assessment and intervention strategies.
  • Implement a model for the prevention of chronic beryllium disease.


  • Introduction
  • Provisions of the Proposed OSHA Standard
  • Potential Health Effects and Medical Surveillance
  • Exposure Assessment Strategies
  • The Beryllium Worker Protection Model (BWPM)
  • Elements of the BWPM
  • Effectiveness of the BWPM
  • Workshop
  • Summary

Transfer of Knowledge

Instructors will evaluate participants understanding of the materials presented based on:

  • Practice exercises
  • Workshops
  • Group activities

Course Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/16PDC426

Sponsoring Committee

Stewardship and Sustainability