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Audit Report: DOE/IG-0851

June 17, 2011

Implementation of Beryllium Controls at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

The Department of Energy has a long history of using beryllium – a metal essential for nuclear operations and other processes. Exposure to beryllium can cause beryllium sensitization or even Chronic Beryllium Disease, an often debilitating, and sometimes fatal, lung condition. In December 1999, the Department established a Chronic Beryllium Disease Prevention Program (Prevention Program) to reduce the number of workers exposed to beryllium at Department facilities, minimize the levels of, and potential for, exposure to beryllium, and to establish medical surveillance requirements to ensure early detection of the disease.

Topic: Human Resources