Everyone encounters beryllium. As a naturally occurring element, it's in rocks and soil and as a result, it commonly occurs in air, water and foods. Human activities such as the burning of coal and home heating oil or the processing of earth-based materials into products such as fertilizers can also release beryllium into the air and water. Exposures to beryllium in its natural state are not known to cause adverse health effects.
Using products containing beryllium does not pose a health risk to consumers in the form they encounter it. In almost all end-use applications, beryllium materials are enclosed within products and are not readily apparent or accessible during normal product use.
The potential for exposure exists in workplaces where the material is being processed in a manner that creates airborne particulate. Like many industrial materials, beryllium may present a health risk if handled improperly. Please use the resources below to learn more about safely working with beryllium.
Berylliumsafety.com - This website features an interactive guide to working safely with beryllium and beryllium-containing materials.
Safety Facts - Browse Materion's vast library of safety sheets for beryllium and beryllium-containing materials.
Safety Data Sheets - Access the most up to date SDSs for Materion beryllium and beryllium-containing materials.
Beryllium.eu - This website features many resources on beryllium and beryllium-containing materials from an EU perspective.