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JUL 2013

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letters Editor, The article "Caution: Beryllium Crossroads" (CoatingsPro, March 2013) included information that could potentially mislead or misinform readers. As a research partner with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for over 13 years, Materion Brush Inc. has embraced an open dialogue on beryllium worker health and safety. From the research results, Materion Brush Inc. built a beryllium health and safety program available on www.berylliumsafety.com to assist workers to work safely with beryllium and beryllium-containing materials. In Februar y 2012, the United Steelworkers International announced that they, along with Materion Brush Inc., submitted a model beryllium standard to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). It was sent to OSHA accompanied by a request that OSHA frame the agency's proposed beryllium standard around the provisions in the model standard. The current OSHA Permissible Exposure Limits (PEL) for beryllium is 0.002 milligrams per cubic meter of air (mg/ m³) as an 8-hour Time Weighted Average (TWA), or stated using different units, 2 micrograms per cubic meter of air (µg/ m³). OSHA will likely propose to lower the PEL in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) expected to be released in July 2013. OSHA is also expected to include additional exposure control and medical monitoring elements in the NPRM. Ted Knudson, CIH Director, Product Stewardship Materion Brush Inc. Mr. Knudson, Thank you for your letter. In the article, we stated that "the coal slag MSDS indicates that the component beryllium has a TWA of 0.002 mg/m³." However, the data sheet indicates that beryllium has a TWA of 0‒0.001 mg/m³. Please accept our apologies regarding this error, although we believe that the article still contains helpful information regarding beryllium as it relates to worker safety. ~Editor Cortec's CorroLogic™ VpCI® System is your CUSTOM FIT SOLUTION. • Concerned with carrier pipe CORROSION inside pipeline casings (CPC)? • Concerned with CORROSION under insulation (CUI)? • CORROSION on double-contained Above Ground Storage Tank floors (AST)? FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Cortec® Corporation Tim Whited Director of Engineering and Field Services 303 258 0356 twhited@cortecvci.com www.cortecvci.com Write in Reader Inquiry #291 If You're Not Getting CoatingsPro... You Just Don't Get It. Subscribe to CoatingsPro Magazine today at www.coatingspromag.com IT'S FREE! July 2013 g www.coatingspromag.com 11

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