OSHA PROPOSES REVISIONS TO OSHA’S BERYLLIUM STANDARDS FOR CONSTRUCTION AND SHIPYARDS

OSHA has finalized its June 27, 2017, proposal to revise the construction and shipyards standards. The final rule, published on September 30, 2019 does not implement the proposal to revoke all of the standards’ ancillary provisions, but extends the compliance dates for the ancillary provisions to September 2020 to account for OSHA’s new proposal to revise or remove specific provisions, and maintains enforcement of the permissible exposure limit.

In a forthcoming rulemaking, OSHA will publish a proposal to amend the beryllium standards for construction and shipyards by more appropriately tailoring the requirements of the standards to the exposures in these industries. The proposed changes would maintain safety and health protections for workers, facilitate compliance with the standards, and increase cost savings.