Contact Us

PW Case Review Form
*    Denotes required field.

   * First Name 

   * Last Name 

   * Email 

Phone 

   * Please describe your case:

What injury have you suffered?

For verification purposes, please answer the below question:
+
=

No Yes, I agree to the Parker Waichman LLP disclaimers. Click here to review.

Yes, I would like to receive the Parker Waichman LLP monthly newsletter, InjuryAlert.

please do not fill out the field below.


Dental Lab Workers Prone to Toxic Metal Poisoning

Apr 22, 2002 | Healthscout

Dental lab workers who work on crowns, bridges or dental frames are prone to inhaling dust laden with the toxic metal beryllium, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration says.

Today's OSHA warning is prompted by the diagnosis of chronic beryllium disease in an unnamed dental lab technician, reports the Associated Press. The lung disease -- including symptoms of dry cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, weight loss and fever -- is debilitating and often fatal. It can show up months or years after exposure.

OSHA's current regulations -- which the agency says it's now reviewing -- specify that workers can't be exposed to more than 2 micrograms of beryllium per cubic meter of air. Not all metals used in dental work contain beryllium, and lab workers should ask about the contents of the alloys they are using, OSHA says.


Related articles
Parker Waichman Accolades And Reviews Best Lawyers Find Us On Avvo