Chapter 38
BERYLLIUM HAZARDS AND CONTROLS

Contents

Approved by Paul Blodgett
Revised 07/12


38.1 Policy
38.2 Scope
38.3 Applicability
38.4 Exceptions
38.5 Roles and Responsibilities
38.6 Definitions
38.7 Required Work Processes

Work Process A. General Requirements
Work Process B. Procurement of Beryllium or Beryllium-Containing Materials
Work Process C. Authorization to Work with Beryllium or Beryllium-Containing Materials
Work Process D. Qualification and Training (Does Not Include Subcontractors)
Work Process E. Beryllium Hazard Assessment

38.8 Source Requirements
38.9 Reference Documents

 

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38.1 Policy

The Beryllium Safety Program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) ensures exposures are minimized through limiting work with beryllium and through medical surveillance, exposure assessment, and controls.

38.2 Scope

The majority of Berkeley Lab work involving beryllium is nondestructive in nature. Beryllium is primarily part of an alloy found in everyday pieces of equipment such as chamber windows, targets, springs, foils, pins, connectors, and tools. These components are often handled by Laboratory personnel when installing or replacing them. Berkeley Lab does not routinely perform destructive operations such as milling, grinding, and other machining

38.3 Applicability

The Beryllium Safety Program applies to Berkeley Lab employees, affiliates, and subcontractors who could be performing work that may include beryllium.

38.4 Exceptions

None

38.5 Roles and Responsibilities

Role

Responsibility

Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) Division

  • Administers the Berkeley Lab Beryllium Safety Program
  • Provides training to Berkeley Lab personnel who may work with beryllium
  • Designates the Beryllium Safety Program Manager

Beryllium Safety Program Manager

  • Provides guidance to Berkeley Lab personnel who may work with or around beryllium
  • Accomplishes necessary exposure and contamination assessments for beryllium-related work and equipment
  • Reviews and updates all relevant documents and online information
  • Submits the semiannual Beryllium-Associated Worker Registry Data to DOE
  • Writes and submits the annual Berkeley Lab Technical Assurance Program Report

Line Management

Ensures that personnel performing work with beryllium are properly trained and aware of beryllium-related safety issues

Employees and Affiliates

Follow all safety requirements when working with beryllium

Subcontractors

Conform to the requirements of applicable regulations and this EH&S program

38.6 Definitions

None

38.7 Required Work Processes

Work Process A. General Requirements

Work Process B. Procurement of Beryllium or Beryllium-Containing Materials

Beryllium is on the Berkeley Lab Restricted Items list. If beryllium-containing material is ordered through the Laboratory's procurement system, the Beryllium Safety Program Manager will receive notification from procurement seeking approval for the purchase. The Beryllium Safety Program Manager will contact the prospective buyer and ascertain the nature of the work to be accomplished with the material.

Work Process C. Authorization to Work with Beryllium or Beryllium-Containing Materials

Before personnel procure beryllium-containing materials, they must contact the Beryllium Safety Program Manager to obtain procurement approval and to determine if a hazard assessment is necessary before use. If necessary, a formal authorization such as an Activity Hazard Document (AHD) may be required before work with beryllium-containing materials may begin.

Work Process D. Qualification and Training

The Berkeley Lab Job Hazards Analysis (JHA) database includes a beryllium section that prompts an employee to identify if he or she works with beryllium in a destructive nature (fabricating, milling, grinding, etc.) or in a nondestructive nature (replacing beryllium-containing components in equipment, using targets, coated windows, tools, etc.). If the work involves destructive processes with beryllium, the employee must take the online Beryllium Hazard Communication course (EHS0342). If the work is nondestructive, the training is recommended.

Work Process E. Beryllium Hazard Assessment

If it has been determined that a hazard assessment is necessary for work involving beryllium, the Beryllium Safety Program Manager will perform a field assessment, document and communicate the appropriate exposure controls, and perform any necessary exposure monitoring.

38.8 Source Requirements

10 CFR 850, Chronic Beryllium Disease Prevention Program; Final Rule

DOE-STD-1187-2005, Beryllium-Associated Worker Registry Data Collection and Management Guidance

38.9 Reference Documents

LBNL Chronic Beryllium Disease Prevention Program (CBDPP) Plan

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