Restrictions on beryllium use intended to protect workers in the maritime and construction industries from deadly lung disease were rolled back June 23 after regulators and other federal officials met with industry lobbyists. In 2015, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed a new rule lowering the federal exposure standard for beryllium in the workplace to 0.2 micrograms per cubic meter of air from 2.0 micrograms – a standard that has gone unchanged since 1948 despite thousands of beryllium-related worker deaths. Beryllium and alloys that contain the mineral are used in a number of industries, but workers in ... Read More
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