Periodic Table of Elements focusing on Beryllium under a magnifying glass

Beryllium Rule Final

Go to OSHA’s web site at to learn about the final rule in place to protect workers from Beryllium exposure. The new rule represents an example of how NIOSH research on beryllium has had a real impact in the workplace to reduce exposures and disease. The findings of NIOSH research contributed to a rule that will lower exposures and reduce disease related to beryllium in workplace across the country. 

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:

beryllium-related projects
NIOSH Division Activity
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