OSHA Will Enforce Beryllium Standard Starting in May

March 13, 2018

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced today that it will start enforcement of 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.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

See the latest posts on our homepage


Share

Topic Area: Press Release


Recent Posts
Recent Posts

Hospital says CMS star rating system has been wrong for two years


Rush University Medical Center found that instead of evenly weighting the eight measures in the safety of care group, the ratings formula relied heavily on one measure

6/22/2018

Blog

Managing medical records: A guide for facilities and providers


Document management technologies can adjoin these competing philosophies and practices for the better, especially as it pertains to managing medical records

6/22/2018

Wisconsin healthcare provider opening cafeteria for free summer meals for kids


Gundersen Health System in LaCrosse is serving noon meals to kids who play in area parks

6/22/2018

Leapfrog opposes CMS roll back of quality reporting measures


Leapfrog says removing the measures from IQR will hurt patient transparency

6/22/2018

Harvard Medical School to disperse portraits of past white male department chairs


The move is designed to put the organization's focus on diversity

6/22/2018





Post Comment




FREE
NEWSLETTER

• News and Updates
• Webcast Alerts
• Building Technologies



All fields are required.