“B” for Beryllium
Beryllium is used in industry in three main forms – as beryllium metal, as beryllium alloys (often copper/beryllium alloys) and as beryllium oxide (often called ‘beryllia’). They are used particularly in: the aerospace and nuclear industry; X-ray generators and detectors; electrical control gear and switchgear; injection moulds; electronic equipment, including lasers and microwave devices.
According to the harmonised classification and labelling approved by the European Union, this substance is fatal if inhaled, is toxic if swallowed, may cause cancer by inhalation, causes damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure, causes serious eye irritation, causes skin irritation, may cause an allergic skin reaction and may cause respiratory irritation.
In support of the “No Time to Lose” Campaign the SEL Group will be running an “Alphabet of Carcinogens” campaign and each week we shall release details regarding a different well known carcinogen.