Beryllium Rule Effective Date Delayed to May 20

- In a March 1 news release, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that a rule regarding workplace regulations around Beryllium would be delayed from March 21, 2017, to May 20, 2017.

The delay follows the recent White House memo, “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,” that directed departments to review and postpone pending regulatory changes. According to the release, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) determined that the rule merits additional review and determined to postpone the effective date beyond the original March delay.

The rule, entitled Occupational Exposure to Beryllium, changes the permissible exposure limits to beryllium, increases safety training requirements, and requires employers to offer medical examinations to certain exposed workers. OSHA has stated that current beryllium safety guidelines are outdated and ineffective.

The extension of the rule’s effective date will not affect the rule’s compliance date. Read the full release from the Department of Labor here and find the official rule here.

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