OSHA Proposes Modification to Beryllium Rule

- In a June 23 press release, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a proposed rule that would modify the recent update to beryllium standards for the construction and shipyard sectors.

In January OSHA issued a final rule that established new requirements for acceptable beryllium exposure and safety practices. However, the rule faced push-back from some sectors who claimed it contained too many provisions and equipment regulations that were not likely to improve worker safety.

OSHA has since announced it will not enforce the January rule until further notice, and has released a new ruling changing the requirements for the shipyard and the construction industry. The new rule maintains updated exposure limits from the January rule, which are intended to protect workers form serious lung related diseases. However, the update removes or adjusts many of the ancillary demands.

The rule was published in the Federal Register on June 27, and will be open to the public for comment for 60 days. The rule is available online here, and comments can be made here.

The full OSHA press release is also available here.

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