Beryllium Exposure in the Workplace Training & Certification
Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA and Canada.
We Offer Three Types of Beryllium Exposure Safety Trainings
Our regulation-aligned Beryllium Exposure 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, or a more robust training, we can help! We offer online trainings that can be completed in a day, DIY training kits that provide training materials, Train the Trainer certifications that certify individuals to train others and provide training materials, or onsite training. No matter what you choose, we can get you what you want, at a price you can afford.
Online training is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location and/or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.Purchase Options
The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It is an PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) that you can present yourself to a group of trainees.Purchase Options
Train the Trainer
Train the Trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. Training kit and materials are included with the Train the Trainer online course for no additional cost.Purchase Options
What’s in the Beryllium Exposure Training Course?
Our Beryllium Awareness safety training course is OSHA Aligned, 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.
- Beryllium Employees
Beryllium Exposure Certification Standards
- 29 CFR 1910.1024 – Beryllium
- 29 CFR 1910. 1000 – Air Contaminants
- 29 CFR 1910.94 – Ventilation
- 29 CFR 1910.1000 Table Z2
- 29 CFR 1915.1024 – Beryllium
- 29 CFR 1915. 1000 – Air Contaminants
- 29 CFR 1915.34 – Mechanical Paint Removers
- 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 regulation-aligned 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 Beryllium Exposure Safety Training?
In line with OSHA requirements, anyone who works with beryllium must receive training prior to working on their own. OSHA 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, OSHA’s standard 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.
Stay Informed On All Things Beryllium Exposure
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)
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 it 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 alignment 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).