Beryllium: biological information
Beryllium has no biological role. In fact, compounds containing beryllium are poisonous.
Levels in humans
The abundances of the elements in humans.
- Human abundance by weight: 0.4 ppb by weight
- Human abundance by atoms: 0.3 atoms relative to C = 1000000
How much beryllium is in your body? Find out here.
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Hazards and Risks
Hazards and risks associated with beryllium:
Beryllium metal dust can cause major lung damage and beryllium salts are very toxic. Compounds containing beryllium are very poisonous and only to be handled by a professional under controlled conditions. One route for beryllium into the biosphere is by way of industrial smoke. It seems that some types of camping gas mantle may cause problems as a consequence of their beryllium content.
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