Subcommittees

The BHSC is composed of several subcommittees that engage teams to work on select areas of interest and ability.
The standing subcommittees are listed below:

Click on a subcommittee name for more information

Medical & Epidemiology Subcommittee

Chair: Kathleen Noonan, (925) 423-8999

Co-Chair: Bill Stange, (303) 463-3565

The Medical and Epidemiological Subcommittee follows beryllium medical, epidemiological and toxicological research; studies of workforces exposed to beryllium; and developments in screening and diagnostic tests for beryllium sensitization and CBD. The subcommittee serves as a forum for discussion among occupational health personnel, epidemiologists, and other persons interested in understanding the health effects of beryllium. Discussion topics include beryllium sensitization, chronic beryllium disease, relationship of health effects to beryllium exposure, Be LPT screening, and removal of sensitized personnel from potential beryllium exposure.

Meetings held the third Thursday of the month at 11:00AM EST
Call-in Number: 877-401-5229 (U.S.) or +1-509-376-3622 (outside the U.S.) | Code: 9359017

Medical Evaluation of Workforces at Risk of CBD
A Review of the Relevant Literature and other Considerations

Meetings & Symposia

Chair: Linda Youmans-McDonald, (803) 952-7885

The Meetings and Symposia Subcommittee is responsible for the following:

  • Planning and organizing the semi-annual BHSC meeting
  • Planning and organizing the International Symposium on Beryllium Particulates and Their Detection, held every 3 years in conjunction with the fall BHSC meeting
  • Gathering and disseminating information to the BHSC concerning beryllium-related meetings

Meetings held the fourth Thursday of the month at 11:00AM EST
Call-in Number: 877-401-5229 (U.S.) or +1-509-376-3622 (outside the U.S.) | Code: 6804566

Research Needs

Chair: Kathy Creek, (505) 665-4222

This subcommittee attempts to identify and prioritize those research topics which have utility for sampling, analysis, control and prevention of chronic beryllium disease. As part of this effort it reviews the current literature and attempts to summarize major trends in research. These summaries can take the form of presentations or white papers to be disseminated within the BHSC and made available to interested parties. Previous papers included a summary of the available methods for determining sensitization to beryllium and predicting a disease outcome and methods for sampling skin for beryllium contamination.

The primary output of the committee remains a list of research topics divided by area into sampling, analysis, control and prevention. These topics are one line descriptions of identified needs for information. Prioritization of those needs is then done by the membership of the BHSC on the whole. As with the white papers this list is disseminated within the BHSC and made available to interested parties.

Meetings held the fourth Wednesday of the month at 11:00AM EST
Call-in Number: 877-401-5229 (U.S.) or +1-509-376-3622 (outside the U.S.) | Code: 2359017

Risk Communication

Chair: Sandy Rock, (509) 372-0407

Co-Chair: Michael Ardaiz

This subcommittee is exploring best practices in the education of personnel engaged in work activities with beryllium bearing materials. Since the primary manufacturer of beryllium indicates up to 8000 downstream fabricators and consumer organizations, there is a wide range of operational environments where personnel are potentially exposed. Beryllium sensitization and Chronic Beryllium Disease (CBD) continue to be identified in the worker community, and the mechanism of disease remains unclear. Therefore, communication of all available information to the worker/supervisor, manager, and health care provider are important to impress upon all the need for prudent avoidance of exposures.

This subcommittee has drafted a charter, proposed a preliminary list of actions, and has a conference call scheduled monthly to status progress against those actions. Current plans are to assemble best practices information from all participants and create a "white paper" on the findings.

Meetings held the second Thursday of the month at 11:00AM EST
Call-in Number: 877-401-5229 (U.S.) or +1-509-376-3622 (outside the U.S.) | Code: 151372

Sampling & Analysis

Chair: Mike Brisson, (803) 952-4400

Co-Chair: Scott Seydel, (509) 373-4860

The Sampling and Analysis Subcommittee is dedicated to researching and addressing the issues associated with sampling and analysis of beryllium particulates. The subcommittee comprises primarily Industrial Hygienists and Lab Analysts who focus on understanding and establishing state of the art standard methods for monitoring, sampling, and analyzing samples for beryllium for the primary purpose of improving exposure monitoring.

Technical Practices

Chair: Steven Lee, (925) 423-6294

The Technical Practices Subcommittee focuses on how best to manage activities that involve potential exposure of workers to beryllium-containing particulates. The subcommittee seeks to determine and disseminate information on best practices for minimizing the generation and spread of beryllium contamination, to evaluate and recommend workplace health standards and guides that consist of programs for controlling the beryllium health hazard, and specific measures that can be taken to minimize the incidence of beryllium disease.

Meetings held the first Tuesday of the month at 11:00AM EST
Call-in Number: 877-401-5229 (U.S.) or +1-509-376-3622 (outside the U.S.) | Code: 208906