Comment on Strupp papers on beryllium metal toxicity.
Ann Occup Hyg 2011 Jun; 55(5):556-557
I read with great interest the research articles by Strupp (2011a,b) 'Beryllium Metal I' and 'Beryllium Metal II' which were funded by the REACH Beryllium Consortium (2008), an industry group led by Brush Wellman Inc., the largest producer of beryllium in North America. I would like to comment on the author's conclusion that beryllium metal is not a skin sensitizer and to caution readers on the certainty of this conclusion. First, I will address the method used for the skin sensitization test (Strupp, 2011a) and then comment on the discussion of the data that omitted key papers in the published literature to support the finding (Strupp, 2011b).
Beryllium-compounds; Metals; Skin; Skin-exposure; Skin-sensitivity; Skin-irritants; Sensitivity-testing; Analytical-chemistry; Analytical-instruments; Analytical-processes
A. B. Stefaniak, Division of Respiratory Disease Studies, National Institute for Occupational Safety Health, 1095 Willowdale Road, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA
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