OSHA Publishes Final Beryllium Standards For Construction and Shipyards

Changes in the final rule were designed to clarify the standards, ensuring that the standard is well understood and compliance is simple and straightforward.

OSHA has published its final rule revising beryllium standards for constructions and shipyards. Changes in the final rule were designed to clarify the standards, ensuring that the standard is well understood and compliance is simple and straightforward, according to a news release.

The final rule amends the following paragraphs in the beryllium standards for construction and shipyards: Definitions, Methods of Compliance, Respiratory Protection, Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment, Housekeeping, Hazard Communication, Medical Surveillance, and Recordkeeping. OSHA has removed the Hygiene Areas and Practices paragraph from the final standards because the necessary protections are provided by existing OSHA standards for sanitation.

The effective date of the revisions in this final rule is September 30, 2020. OSHA began enforcing the new permissible exposure limits in the 2017 beryllium standards for construction and shipyards in May 2018. OSHA will begin enforcing the remaining provisions of the standards on September 30, 2020. The final standard will affect approximately 12,000 workers employed in nearly 2,800 establishments in the construction and shipyard industries. The final standards are estimated to yield $2.5 million in total annualized cost savings to employers.

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