OSHA has issued a final rule to extend the compliance date for specific ancillary requirements of the general industry beryllium standard to Dec. 12, 2018.
This extension affects provisions for beryllium work areas, regulated areas, communication of hazards, etc. The extension does not affect the compliance dates for other requirements of the general industry beryllium standard.
The extension will maintain safety and health protections for workers while the agency prepares a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to clarify the beryllium standard. It would also address employers’ compliance burdens.
OSHA began enforcing the new exposure limits for general industry, construction, shipyards, and the general industry provisions for exposure assessment, respiratory protection, medical surveillance and medical removal on May 11. Those requirements are unaffected by this rule.