LANL responds to beryllium report |

The Los Alamos National Laboratory has already taken steps to correct criticisms about the lab’s beryllium safety program made in a Feb. 20 report from the Department of Energy’s Office Inspector General, according to a lab spokesman.
In it’s February report, the DOE’s Inspector General’s office found some federal guidelines outlined in the Los Alamos National Laboratory Chronic Beryllium Disease Prevention Program were not followed, putting lab workers at risk.
“The IG report cited record-keeping issues dating back a year, and not worker exposure or safety concerns. That said, these record-keeping issues have been addressed,” a lab spokesman said, who asked not to be named.
The spokesman also said the Los Alamos National Laboratory has added more personnel resources to the program, corrected the process of how beryllium is tracked through the facility, and increased management oversight.
In the report, Deputy Inspector General Michelle Anderson said the lab failed to create plans that would prove areas where beryllium was present were safe for other uses.
The lab also didn’t keep accurate enough records of beryllium operation locations and contamination areas, according to the report.
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