OSHA Beryllium News
Delay of Enforcement of the Beryllium Standards
May 11, 2018 is the day if your shop machines Beryllium
“… we have decided to delay enforcement of the general industry standard by 60 days until May 11, 2018. Furthermore, to ensure employers have adequate notice before OSHA begins enforcing them, as well as in the interest of uniform enforcement and clarity for employers, we have decided to also delay enforcement of the PEL and STEL in the construction and shipyard standards until May 11, 2018. No other parts of the construction and shipyard beryllium standards will be enforced without additional notice. In the interim, if an employer fails to meet the new PEL or STEL, OSHA will inform the employer of the exposure levels and offer assistance to assure understanding and compliance. No provisions of the beryllium final rule may be enforced until May 11, 2018. Please notify your staff of this delay.”
OSHA Direct Final Rule Clarifying Beryllium Standard for General Industry Becomes Effective July 4, 2018
OSHA’s direct final rule (DFR) for its beryillum standard for general Industry will become effective on July 4, 2018, according to the OSHA Trade Release published May 4, 2018. Notice can be found here: www.osha.gov/news/newsreleases/trade/05042018
The DFR clarifies aspects of the standard for general industry as it applies to processes, operations, or areas where workers may be exposed to materials containing less than 0.1% beryllium by weight.
Link to OSHA DFR for Beryllium for General Industry: s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2018-09306.pdf