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Environment, Health and Safety Research

Longitudinal Surveillance/Beryllium Disease Prevention

Project Information

Principal InvestigatorChristine R Schuler
InstitutionNational Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Project URLView
Relevance to ImplicationsHigh
Class of NanomaterialIncidental Nanomaterials
Impact SectorHuman Health
Broad Research Categories Exposure
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Funding Information

Anticipated Total Fundingn/a
Annual Fundingn/a
Funding SourceNIOSH
Funding MechanismIntramural
Funding SectorGovernment
Start Year2006
Anticipated End Year2009


This project is determining whether a better metric than airborne exposure exists for predicting beryllium sensitization and chronic beryllium disease. Both inhalation and dermal exposure to ultrafine beryllium particles are of concern. Particles smaller in diameter than 1 um may be able to penetrate intact skin. Experience with beryllium fume aerosols may provide insights into health risks for working with other ultrafine materials.