CASE PRESENTATION: Within weeks after exposure to beryllium fluoride began, two workers had systemic illness characterized by dermal and respiratory symptoms and precipitous declines in pulmonary function.
Beryllium fluoride is intentionally formed during the production of beryllium metal.
Chemical forms included beryl ore, beryllium metal, beryllium fluoride
, beryllium hydroxide, and beryllium oxide; physical forms included dust, fume, or mixed (dust and fume).
Belman (1969) documented preferential sequestration of topically applied beryllium fluoride
in guinea pig epidermis and increased beryllium binding affinity for denatured proteins.