Beryllium Exposure in the Workplace Training & Certification
What do we offer? Whether you want Beryllium exposure in the workplace safety training and certification in as little as two hours with our online training or a more robust, customizable option like you get with our DIY training kits or on-site training, we can help you get the Beryllium training you want in the way you want it and at a price, you can afford.
What are my options for Beryllium training?
What’s in the Beryllium Safety Training Course?
Our Beryllium Awareness safety training course is CSA compliant, and our online version fulfills CSA’s classroom training requirement. Each class contains sections on beryllium exposure symptoms, monitoring, safe operations, and personal protective equipment.
This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required by CSA.
Estimated Training Length: Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 1.5 – 2 hours.
- Beryllium Employees
Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, and local standards, this training encompasses the following CSA standards for beryllium exposure:
- Encompasses these Canadian Standards
WorkSafe BC – R5.48-1 Controlling Exposure – Exposure Limits
Alberta Regulation 87/2009
Quebec – Chapter S-2.1, s. 223
Yukon – Occupational Health Regulations Table 8
Saskatchewan – The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, Table 20
Ontario – Occupational Exposure Limits for Ontario Workplaces
What is the beryllium train the trainer course exactly?
The train the trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in a CSA compliant lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.
Why do I need Beryllium training?
In line with regulations, anyone who conducts hot work must receive training prior to carrying out any hot work duties. Requirements for refresher training related to forklifts or other processes are very specific. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.
When it comes to refresher training, the standards in some instances (like forklifts) are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of equipment. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that prove continued competency.
Did You Know?
Anywhere from 1-10% of employees working with beryllium become sensitized.(Source: CDC)
More than half of all beryllium-sensitized employees develop chronic beryllium disease. (Source: National Jewish Health)
Approximately 62,000 employees are exposed to beryllium across the United States. (Source: OSHA)
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Beryllium Training Frequently Asked Questions
Is beryllium harmful to humans?
Yes. Beryllium is incredibly toxic to humans. In a solid state, beryllium is relatively harmless. However, beryllium dust that can be inhaled or ingested can cause serious health problems such as chronic beryllium disease.
What does beryllium do to your body?
Most commonly, beryllium will cause lung diseases such as acute beryllium disease, chronic beryllium disease, and lung cancer. Studies have shown that is can also affect your liver, kidneys, heart, and nervous system. In addition, your skin can become sensitized when you’re exposed to beryllium.
What are the new permissible exposure limits (PELs)?
They are 0.2 micrograms of beryllium per cubic meter of air, as an 8-hour time-weighted average, and 2.0 micrograms of beryllium per cubic meter of air as determined over a sampling period of 15 minutes.
What is beryllium used for?
Beryllium is used as a metal, an alloy, and an oxide. In these forms, beryllium is used in high-speed aircraft, guided missiles, nuclear weapons, satellites, X-ray tubes, gyroscopes, accelerometers, non-sparking tools, and semi-conductors, to name a few.
Are there exemptions to the beryllium rule?
It doesn’t apply to materials containing beryllium that aren’t being processed. It also exempts things that have less than 0.1 percent beryllium by weight. The employer must present objective data showing that beryllium levels will stay below the action level (0.1 micrograms per cubic meter of air).