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BERYLLIUM PROGRAM AT HANFORD
Beryllium is a lightweight, durable metal that has wide spread industrial applications. The use of beryllium at the Hanford site during fuel element production, and maintenance of selected industrial components and tools, has resulted in potential occupational beryllium exposure to current and former employees. As Hanford proceeds with extensive decommissioning and decontamination of older facilities, legacy beryllium-containing dust and debris may still be encountered. Unfortunately, a small portion of exposed personnel have been diagnosed with beryllium-related medical conditions including Chronic Beryllium Disease (CBD) or Beryllium Sensitization (BeS). DOE and all Hanford contractors are committed to ensuring that current and former employees that may have received exposure to beryllium have an opportunity to receive appropriate medical testing, and if necessary, follow-up medical attention. This website provides general information, as well as references and guidance, which may be beneficial to exposed personnel and other interested individuals.

Hanford Site Chronic Beryllium Disease Prevention Program (CBDPP)
Hanford has developed an integrated, site-wide program to minimize exposure to beryllium while working at Hanford. The program is called the Hanford Site Chronic Beryllium Disease Prevention Program (CBDPP). Revision 1 of the CBDPP became effective on July 30, 2012. An implementing procedure for the program, the Hanford Site Beryllium Work Permit (BWP) and Hazard Assessment Procedure was also effective on July 30, 2012. On September 19, 2013, a revision to the CBDPP document (Rev 2A) and four implementing procedures: Assessment and Characterization of Buildings Procedure; Hanford Site Beryllium Posting and Labeling Requirements Procedure; Assessment and Characterization/Verification of Structures and Conex Boxes Procedure; and Hanford Site Evaluation of Electrical Equipment for Beryllium Procedure were published for information purposes only. The documents are available below for familiarization by interested parties. These documents will be implemented at a later date that is to be determined.

 

Chronic Beryllium Disease Prevention Program Document

Hanford Site Chronic Beryllium
Disease Prevention Program (CBDPP)

DOE 0342, Rev 2A   (May 14, 2014)

 

 

Implementing Procedures

Hanford Site Beryllium Work Permit (BWP) and Hazard Assessment Procedure

           
DOE-0342-001, Rev. 1A (Effective June 6, 2013)

 

 

Assessment and Characterization/Verification of Buildings Procedure

DOE-0342-002, Rev. 1A  (May 14, 2014)

 

 

 

Hanford Site Beryllium Posting and Labeling Requirements Procedure

DOE-0342-003, Rev. 1 (May 14, 2014)

 

Assessment and Characterization/Verification of Structures and Conex Boxes Procedure 

DOE-0342-004, Rev. 0 (May 14, 2014)

 

 

Hanford Site Evaluation of Electrical Equipment for Beryllium Procedure 

DOE-0342-005, Rev. 0 (May 14, 2014)

 

 

Resources

Beryllium Program Points of Contact

Key contacts among the Contractors, DOE, Organized Labor, and the Beryllium Awareness Group (BAG) that represent the Beryllium Disease Prevention Program at Hanford.

 

Beryllium Facilities & Areas

Lists of current and past Beryllium Controlled Facilities and their managers on the Hanford Site.

 
 

Beryllium Program Information

Hanford Site beryllium-related forms list, Beryllium Training Programs, and Beryllium Warning Signs and Labels available here.

 

CBDPP Committee

Information, including Charter and Minutes from the Hanford Site Chronic Beryllium Disease Prevention Committee with members from all the Contractors, DOE, Organized Labor and the BAG.

 

Beryllium FAQs

A variety of Beryllium Disease related Questions & Answers, some from our public forum.

 

Beryllium Related Links

Other resources for information on Chronic Beryllium Disease, including hospitals with knowledge of the subject.

 

 

Beryllium Awareness Group (BAG)

An active worker advocacy group for past and present Hanford Site workers.

 

Program Performance Assessments

Beryllium Program inspection and corrective action documents

 

Feedback & Suggestions

A closely monitored area to submit questions, comments, or concerns about the Beryllium Program.

 

Health Advocates

Contact information for professionals that are eager to assist you with your Chronic Beryllium Disease questions and other related concerns.

 

Hanford Site Occupational Medical Contractor

HPMC Occupational Medical Services (OMS) is responsible for administering the Beryllium Medical Surveillance Program at Hanford in accordance with 10 CFR 850. This program is designed to provide professional services in support of Hanford workers.  

 

Primary Contractors/Employers

The Hanford Site Contractors with involvement in and that support our Beryllium Disease Prevention Program

 

Medical Testing & Surveillance Facilities

Contacts for medical facilities with expertise in the area of Beryllium Disease and its treatment and testing. Additional Information on beryllium related travel to these medical facilities for further surveillance and diagnosis.

 

General Resources

A variety of other resources available to those interested in learning more about Chronic Beryllium Disease.

 

For more information on the Beryllium Prevention Program or archived program documents and resolution forms, please contact your company’s CBDPP committee member.

 

 

Last Updated 06/24/2014 9:22 PM