OSHA Will Enforce Beryllium Standard Starting in May

posted March 6, 2018

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced in a press release and enforcement memorandum that OSHA will begin enforcing the final rule on occupational exposure to beryllium in general, construction, and shipyard industries on May 11, 2018.  This timeframe will ensure that stakeholders are aware of their obligations, and that OSHA provides consistent instructions to its inspectors.  The start of enforcement had previously been set for March 12, 2018.

In January 2017, OSHA issued new comprehensive health standards addressing exposure to beryllium in all industries.  In response to feedback from stakeholders, the agency is considering technical updates to the January 2017 general industry standard, which will clarify and simplify compliance with requirements.  OSHA will also begin enforcing on May 11, 2018, the new lower 8-hour permissible exposure limit (PEL) and short-term (15-minute) exposure limit (STEL) for construction and shipyard industries.  In the interim, if an employer fails to meet the new PEL or STEL, OSHA will inform the employer of the exposure levels and offer assistance to assure understanding and compliance.

Doug Kalinowski

Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs