- Chapter Meeting - Beryllium
September 25, 2017
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The new OSHA beryllium standard – a Cleveland connection, and a unique partnership
PRESENTER: Marc Kolanz, CIH – Vice President of Environmental Health and Safety Materion Corporation
WHEN: Monday, September 25, 2017 5:30 p.m. – Networking / 6 p.m. – Dinner / Presentation following dinner
WHERE: Martino’s International Cafe 4415 Liberty Ave., Vermilion OH 44089
COST: Buffet dinner and program – $24 (members); $26 (non-members); $12 ASSE Student and Emeritus Members
On January 9, 2017, OSHA published its final rule Occupational Exposure to Beryllium and Beryllium Compounds, reducing the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for beryllium to a new 8-hour TWA of 0.2 micrograms per cubic meter of air (μg/m3). In addition to the revised PEL, the rule established a new short-term exposure limit (STEL) of 2.0 μg/m3 over a 15-minute sampling period and an action level of 0.1 μg/m3 along with a number of ancillary provisions similar to those found in other comprehensive health standards.
That’s interesting enough. What makes it even more of a story is the unique partnership that resulted in this rule. Our Cleveland neighbors at Materion (formerly Brush Wellman) worked together with the United Steelworkers of America to develop a draft standard. The OSHA Final Rule is consistent with the Model Beryllium Standard jointly submitted to OSHA by the United Steelworkers (USW) and Materion in February 2012.
Materion is the only U.S. producer of pure beryllium metal and a significant producer of beryllium alloys and compounds, important materials in the defense, electronics and other industries. The company has been working to learn more about how to protect workers for years, including a 17-year research partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Our speaker, Marc Kolanz, is Vice President of Environmental Health and Safety for Materion Corporation. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and has 40 years of EH&S experience with 36 years specific to the beryllium industry. Marc’s work focuses on guiding management in their implementation of EH&S systems and culture, product stewardship, people security, beryllium H&S research and regulatory and legislative affairs.