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New Federal Rules Could Shield Workers from Common Lung Toxin

Posted 6 Aug 2015 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2015 – A new standard to significantly reduce American workers' exposure to the lung disease-causing metal beryllium has been proposed by the federal government. The new rule would affect about 35,000 workers covered by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and could prevent nearly 100 deaths and 50 serious illnesses a year. People who inhale beryllium particles can develop an incurable condition called chronic beryllium disease. They're also at increased risk of lung cancer, OSHA said. Most workers exposed to beryllium are in foundry and smelting operations, machining, beryllium oxide ceramics and composite manufacturing, and dental lab work. Beryllium is also an essential component of nuclear weapons. Currently, the eight-hour exposure limit for beryllium is 2.0 micrograms per cubic meter of air. The new standard would ... Read more

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