- THE MAGAZINE
The “Interactive Guide to Working Safely with Beryllium and Beryllium-Containing Materials” is now available on the Brush Wellman Inc. website. The company introduced the guide in January 2008 to advance the safe use of beryllium materials in the workplace.
The guide was developed by Brush Wellman and Axcept Media, LLC, and has previously been available only in disk form. As a CD, the guide has won numerous national and regional awards for its effective, interactive and engaging approach to promoting safe handling by customers, vendors and employees.
The “Interactive Guide” is based on the company’s beryllium worker protection model (WPM), which was developed as the result of extensive research and decades of real occupational experiences. The WPM, which has shown results protecting Brush Wellman employees hired since its adoption, provides a roadmap to control occupational beryllium exposure.
“We are extremely proud of the excellent results produced by our work-results dedicated to the safety and health of beryllium workers everywhere,” said Dr. David C. Deubner, vice president of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. “We believe that workers throughout the industry are well-served by the acquired knowledge and innovative training tools that have been disseminated through the ‘Interactive Guide.’”
The online guide blends high-definition Flash digital video, tabbed navigation tools, text references, hyperlinks, and printable information to present the latest information on the safe handling of beryllium in a brief, approachable and easy-to-understand manner. Based on user selections from dozens of work roles, material types and operational variables, the guide can generate a customized, printable action plan to assist in the safe handling of beryllium and beryllium-containing materials.
The ‘Interactive Guide’ recently earned two first-place Diamond Awards from the East Central District of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), which is composed of 15 PRSA chapters in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, as well as a Davey Award for best interactive multimedia from a small firm from the International Academy of the Visual Arts. In July, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and Brush Wellman were recognized with a National Occupational Research Agenda 2008 Partnering Award for Worker Health and Safety for “highly collaborative” work on a “rapid research-to-practice approach” to protecting beryllium workers. The “Interactive Guide” also won a Gold Horizon Interactive Award (2008) from Horizon Interactive, LLC, and a 2008 Silver Omni Interactive Award, presented by Media Corp., Inc.
For more information, to view the “Interactive Guide” online or to order a CD version, visit www.brushwellman.com.