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OSHA Rolls Back Beryllium Safety Rule

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

New Beryllium Exposure Rule Delayed By Trump’s Regulatory Freeze

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it is pushing back the effective date of a beryllium safety rule “for further review and consideration.” The delay is part of a sweeping anti-regulation stance the Trump Administration has assumed, ordering the review of any new or pending regulations adopted before Trump took office. The new federal beryllium rule, which was supposed to take effect March 21, aims to protect workers in a number of manufacturing industries aims by dramatically reducing workplace exposures to beryllium, a strong, lightweight metal that can cause fatal lung cancer and other serious lung disease. In August 2016, OSHA first ... Read More

Public Citizen Pushes OSHA To Expand, Lower Beryllium Exposure Limits

Public Citizen, a pro-regulatory watchdog group dedicated to challenging the “abusive practices” of major industries nationwide, is urging federal safety regulators to expand and finalize a new rule proposed last summer reducing the level of beryllium to which workers may be legally exposed. Last August, the U.S. Occupational Safety Administration (OSHA) first proposed a rule to lower the beryllium exposure limit 90 percent from 2 micrograms per cubic meter of air over eight hours to 0.2 micrograms. However, some industry groups argue that even the lower limit would leave tens of thousands of workers in some industries to be exposed ... Read More

Unions Push OSHA for Lower Beryllium Exposure Limits Than Proposed Rule Permits

Unionized steelworkers are pushing the federal government to adopt stricter safety standards governing beryllium exposure, arguing that the even a drastic exposure reduction proposed by regulators last year is inadequate in protecting many workers from the highly toxic element. According to the Newport News Daily Press, union officials from the largest Newport News shipyard say even the drastic reduction in exposure limits proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) won’t protect thousands of workers, and advocate for even lower limits and different, safer blasting agents. OSHA has published a notice of proposed rulemaking, calling for public comments on ... Read More

OSHA seeks to reduce beryllium exposure among U.S. workers

The U.S. government is seeking to boost standards that would dramatically reduce thousands of U.S. workers’ exposure to beryllium, a rare earth element that can cause devastating lung diseases. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says the current rules governing exposure to beryllium were established in 1948 and haven’t changed since, even though our understanding of the risks posed by exposure to the element has evolved significantly. Under the current standard, OSHA’s eight-hour permissible exposure limit for beryllium is 2.0 micrograms per cubic meter of air. Above that level, employers must take steps to reduce the airborne concentration ... Read More