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General info on beryllium

Beryllium is a light metal and because of it's physico-chemical properties it is a metal of choice in the preparation of alloys. Important economic sectors such as mining, extraction and recycling, aerospace, automobile, electronic and electrical pieces, sport articles, nuclear industries as well as dentistry have developped uses beryllium in the past.

When the alloys are processed, beryllium is frequently released as dust or fume. The diameter of these particles is so small, they can go directly into the lungs and induce a Beryllium Sensitization (BeS). Sensitization means that an individual has mounted a specific immune response against beryllium.

These sensitized individuals have to be rapidly identified in order to remove them from the exposure so that the probability of conversion from a sensitized status to the development of chronic berylliosis disease may be diminished. The standard test to detect a BeS individual is the Beryllium Lymphocyte Proliferation Test (BeLPT) where berylium responsive blood cells are detected.

Immuni T is providing the BeLPT test under contract with the Institut de Recherche Robert Sauvé en Santé et Séucrité au Travail ( IRSST) . Its terms define the nature and the conditions under which the test is delivered. The IRSST is paying for the test if it is delivered by a recognized laboratory such as Immuni T and if it was requested by a recognized health and social service establishment in the province of Quebec .

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