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Beryllium Exposure in the Workplace Training & Certification

Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA or CSA.

We Offer Three Differnt Types of Safety Trainings

Our OSHA-compliant certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours with our online training or a more robust, customizable option like you get with our DIY training kits or on-site training, we can help you get the training you want in the way you want it and at a price you can afford.

Online Training

Online is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.

Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It's a PowerPoint presentation you can use to train a group of trainees.

Train the Trainer

Train the trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. The kit is included with the train the trainer online course for no additional cost.

Onsite Training

Onsite training is for companies looking for hands on training on your own equipment at your location. We come to you (from Rexburg, Idaho) so travel expenses are included, because of this onsite training is best for groups of at least 5-10+ trainees.

What's in the Training Course?

Our Beryllium Awareness safety training course is OSHA compliant, and our online version fulfills OSHA’s classroom training requirement. Each class contains sections on beryllium exposure symptoms, monitoring, safe operations, and personal protective equipment. This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required by OSHA.

Estimated Training Length: Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 1.5 – 2 hours.

Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, and local standards, this training encompasses the following OSHA standards for beryllium exposure:

Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • General Industry
    • 29 CFR 1910.1024 – Beryllium
    • 29 CFR 1910. 1000 – Air Contaminants
    • 29 CFR 1910.94 – Ventilation
    • 29 CFR 1910.1000 Table Z2
  • Maritime Industry
    • 29 CFR 1915.1024 – Beryllium
    • 29 CFR 1915. 1000 – Air Contaminants
    • 29 CFR 1915.34 – Mechanical Paint Removers
  • Construction Industry
    • 29 CFR 1926.1124 – Beryllium
    • 29 CFR 1926.57 – Ventilation
    • 29 CFR 1926.55 – Gases, Vapors, Dusts, and Mists
  • Train the Trainer Certification

    The train the trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an OSHA compliant lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

    Why Do I Need Safety Training?

    In line with regulations, anyone who conducts hot work must receive training prior to carrying out any hot work duties. Requirements for refresher training related to forklifts or other processes are very specific. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.

    When it comes to refresher training, the standards in some instances (like forklifts) are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of equipment. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that prove continued competency.

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    Did You Know?

    Anywhere from 1-10% of employees working with beryllium become sensitized. (Source: CDC)

    More than half of all beryllium-sensitized employees develop chronic beryllium disease. (Source: National Jewish Health)

    Approximately 62,000 employees are exposed to beryllium across the United States. (Source: OSHA)

    Beryllium Training Frequently Asked Questions

    Is beryllium harmful to humans?

    Yes. Beryllium is incredibly toxic to humans. In a solid state, beryllium is relatively harmless. However, beryllium dust that can be inhaled or ingested can cause serious health problems such as chronic beryllium disease.

    What does beryllium do to your body?

    Most commonly, beryllium will cause lung diseases such as acute beryllium disease, chronic beryllium disease, and lung cancer. Studies have shown that is can also affect your liver, kidneys, heart, and nervous system. In addition, your skin can become sensitized when you’re exposed to beryllium.

    When is OSHA’s final rule for beryllium being enforced?

    The final rule was published on July 14, 2020. After revising the general industry rule, it will be effective on September 14, 2020. OSHA also revised the construction and maritime rules. The compliance dates for those is September 30, 2020.

    What are the new permissible exposure limits (PELs)?

    They are 0.2 micrograms of beryllium per cubic meter of air, as an 8-hour time-weighted average, and 2.0 micrograms of beryllium per cubic meter of air as determined over a sampling period of 15 minutes.

    Why is OSHA making a new beryllium rule?

    OSHA’s older standards regarding beryllium were seriously outdated. More recent studies have revealed the need for lower PELs and STELs. The new permissible exposure limits are 10 times less than they used to be.

    What is beryllium used for?

    Beryllium is used as a metal, an alloy, and an oxide. In these forms, beryllium is used in high-speed aircraft, guided missiles, nuclear weapons, satellites, X-ray tubes, gyroscopes, accelerometers, non-sparking tools, and semi-conductors, to name a few.

    Are there exemptions to the beryllium rule?

    It doesn’t apply to materials containing beryllium that aren’t being processed. It also exempts things that have less than 0.1 percent beryllium by weight. The employer must present objective data showing that beryllium levels will stay below the action level (0.1 micrograms per cubic meter of air).

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