OSHA today issued a proposed rule to revise the beryllium standard for general industry.

The proposed changes are designed to clarify the standard and simplify or improve compliance.

The proposed rule would amend selected paragraphs of the standard, including Definitions, Methods of Compliance, Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment, Hygiene Areas and Practices, Housekeeping, Medical Surveillance, Hazard Communication, and Recordkeeping.

It would also remove the existing Appendix A, which lists suggested controls, and replace it with a new Appendix A, Operations for Establishing Beryllium Work Areas.

Comments, hearing requests, and other information must be submitted electronically or by fax or mail. Read the Federal Register notice for submission details. Comments must be submitted by Feb. 9, 2019.

The enforcement date for the provisions affected by this proposal is Dec. 12, 2018.

While this rulemaking is pending, compliance with the beryllium standard as modified by this proposal will be accepted as compliance.

Response to Stakeholder Concerns

The proposal satisfies a settlement agreement with stakeholders who had concerns about some of the provisions in the 2017 beryllium final rule.

The proposed rule would affect approximately 50,500 workers employed in general industry and is estimated to yield minor net cost savings to employers.

OSHA expects the proposed changes would provide employees with equivalent safety and health protections to the current standard.

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