Beryllium is a lightweight metal with unique mechanical and thermal properties that make it ideal for use in many applications and industries including defense, aerospace, telecommunications, automotive electronics, and medical specialties.
Beryllium is a naturally occurring metal found in several minerals. It is most commonly extracted from beryl and bertrandite ores. Beryllium and beryllium-containing alloys and compounds have been produced commercially in the US since the 1940s. Production of beryllium oxide began in the late 1950s.
Four NIOSH Divisions have beryllium-related projects:
|Respiratory Health Division (RHD)||Occupational respiratory disease (sensitization and CBD research efforts)|
|The Health Effects Laboratory Division (HELD)||Molecular epidemiology and genetics|
|The Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies (DSHEFS)||Lung cancer and other health effects|
|The Division of Applied Research and Technology (DART)||Sampling and Analytical Methods|
- Page last reviewed: June 22, 2016
- Page last updated: October 7, 2016
- Content source:
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Respiratory Health Division