Beryllium Rule Delayed By DOL

The US Department of Labor (DOL) announced a delay in the effective date of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Occupational Exposure to Beryllium rule from March 21, 2017, to May 20, 2017. 

The rule was published on January 9, 2017, and lowers the limit to 0.2 micrograms per cubic meter of air averaged over 8 hours. This is a major reduction from the previous limit of 2.0. A new limit for short term exposure over a 15-minute sampling period has been implemented at 2.0 micrograms per cubic meter of air. It also provides employer requirements. 

A White House Regulatory Freeze Pending Review memorandum, issued January 20, 2017, directs the DOL to review any new or pending regulations and to postpone the effective date. This delay allows the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) time to further review and consider the rule. 

The original compliance date of March 12, 2017, is not affected by the extension of the effective date of the beryllium rule. The compliance dates are staggered to allow employers 1 year after the effective date to implement most provisions, 2 years to implement requirements for change rooms and showers, and 3 years to implement engineering control requirements.

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