Study Finds Glass Abrasive Samples Contain Beryllium

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Study Finds Glass Abrasive Samples Contain Beryllium


The Abrasive Blasting Manufacturers Alliance (ABMA) released the results of an independent study on JANUARY 12, 2018, evaluating the beryllium content of 9 types of crushed glass abrasive from top manufacturers and distributors in the industry. The results found were all of the glass samples contained beryllium, in addition to arsenic, cadmium and lead.

The results disprove the false claims and advertising that some manufacturers of glass abrasives have stated just to mislead the public about the supposed benefits of their products. .

These have included claims made in ads and websites that glass abrasives present “no hazard,” that they are the “safe alternative” for blasting, and contain “no toxic metals such as Beryllium, as found in slags.”  The study shows that these claims are completely false.

The 9 samples of crushed glass abrasives from different sources and manufacturers were submitted to two independent laboratories for analysis of beryllium content. The results showed that every glass sample contained beryllium in concentrations that ranged between 0.270 and 0.757 mg/kg.

“The ABMA has always said that the OSHA beryllium rule puts in place overly restrictive exposure limits that will negatively and unnecessarily impact the entire abrasive blasting industry, not just blasting with slag abrasives, but all abrasives,” said ABMA’s Mark Mummert. “The new study confirms this to be true, despite the misleading information coming from some non-slag manufacturers in the industry. With this study, beryllium is now confirmed to be present in glass abrasive and, therefore, it is clear that glass abrasives are subject to the OSHA rule,” continued Mummert.

The ABMA study can be found in full here.

About the ABMA

The ABMA is a coalition of abrasive blasting manufacturers advocating for a regulatory framework based on sound scientific and public health data. They work with partners throughout the industry to champion sensible regulations that ensure worker health and environmental protection while preserving abrasive blasters’ freedom to operate.

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