Industry welcomes new worker protection standard for Beryllium



After several years of thorough study and consideration, the EU is about to adopt a new worker protection standard for beryllium. The Beryllium Science and Technology Association (BeST) welcomes the new standard which will provide legal certainty, harmonised protection of workers and a level playing field in the EU. 

The new worker protection standard for beryllium and its inorganic compounds features a binding Occupational Exposure Limit (OEL) of 600 nanograms beryllium per cubic meter of air (ng/m3) – inhalable fraction 8-hour Time Weighted Average (TWA) for a seven-year transitional period. BeST welcomes this OEL, which will apply until 2026, as it is in line with industry recommendations, represents the best scientific evidence, and is economically and technically feasible for companies.

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