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OSHA Proposes to Modify Recent Beryllium Standards

On June 27, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a proposed rule that would modify the agency's recent beryllium standards for the construction and shipyard sectors.  Specifically, the proposed rule would maintain the permissible exposure limits (permissible exposure limit of 0.2 μg/m3 and short-term exposure limit of 2.0 μg/m3) for construction and shipyards, but would eliminate ancillary provisions such as housekeeping and personal protective equipment that were included in the January 9, 2017 final rule.  OSHA is seeking comment on, among other things, whether existing standards covering abrasive blasting in construction, abrasive blasting in shipyards, and welding in shipyards provide adequate protection for workers engaged in these operations.

Link to proposed rule: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-27/pdf/2017-12871.pdf

The comment period closes on August 28, 2017.  Comments may be filed at www.regulations.gov, the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal.

Advocacy contact: Bruce Lundegren (bruce.lundegren@sba.gov or (202) 205-6964).

Date: 
Friday, July 7, 2017