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NIOSH Alert: Preventing Beryllium Sensitization and Chronic Beryllium Disease

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Title: NIOSH Alert: Preventing Beryllium Sensitization and Chronic Beryllium Disease

Subject: The nature of the lung disease and other health effects that can occur from exposure to beryllium and beryllium-containing materials, and steps companies and workers should take to minimize the health risk to workers.

Purpose: To help raise awareness of strategies to prevent beryllium sensitization and chronic beryllium disease.

Timing of Review: March 2004 to April 2007

Primary Disciplines or Expertise Needed for Review: Occupational safety and health, Epidemiology, Industrial hygiene, Respiratory diseases

Type of Review: Individual

Number of Reviewers: 7

Reviewers Selected by: NIOSH

Public Nominations Requested for Review Panel: No

Opportunities for the Public to Comment: No

Peer Reviewers Provided with Public Comments Before Their Review: No

Peer Reviewers:

Mark R. Cullen
Academic and Professional Credentials: MD
Organizational Affiliation: Director, Public Health, Yale University School of Medicine
Areas of Expertise, Discipline, or Relevant Experience: Medicine, respiratory diseases, epidemiology
Recommended by: NIOSH

Terry Gordon
Academic and Professional Credentials: PhD
Organizational Affiliation: Professor and Deputy Director - NYU's NIEHS Center of Excellence, NYU School of Medicine
Areas of Expertise, Discipline, or Relevant Experience: Animal studies, respiratory diseases
Recommended by: NIOSH

Peter Infante
Academic and Professional Credentials: PhD
Organizational Affiliation: Director, Office of Standards Review, OSHA (Washington, DC)
Areas of Expertise, Discipline, or Relevant Experience: Epidemiology
Recommended by: NIOSH

Lisa A. Maier
Academic and Professional Credentials: MD
Organizational Affiliation: Director, NJMRC Occupational & Environmental Pulmonary Medicine Practice; and Director, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Core Clinical Laboratory, National Jewish Medical and Research Center
Areas of Expertise, Discipline, or Relevant Experience: Medicine, respiratory diseases
Recommended by: NIOSH

David Michaels
Academic and Professional Credentials: PhD
Organizational Affiliation: Professor and Associate Chair of Environmental and Occupational Health, George Washington University Medical Center
Areas of Expertise, Discipline, or Relevant Experience: Epidemiology
Recommended by: NIOSH

Wayne T. Sanderson
Academic and Professional Credentials: PhD
Organizational Affiliation: University of Iowa
Areas of Expertise, Discipline, or Relevant Experience: Epidemiology, occupational safety and health, industrial hygiene
Recommended by: NIOSH

Tim Takaro
Academic and Professional Credentials: MD
Organizational Affiliation: University of Washington
Areas of Expertise, Discipline, or Relevant Experience: Medicine, occupational safety and health, respiratory diseases
Recommended by: NIOSH

Charge to Peer Reviewers:

Letter to reviewers comprised a paragraph describing the Alert's intent and contents, followed by:

"Because of your (familiarity with occupational lung disease due to exposure to beryllium/ experience in occupational safety and health, especially with respect to beryllium exposure/ interest in workplace safety and health issues, especially related to beryllium exposure/ familiarity with beryllium and its current uses in industry), I am writing to request your review and comments regarding the enclosed draft of the Alert. Please share this document with others in your organization who can provide substantive comments. This document should not be cited, quoted, or further distributed outside of your organization."

 
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