Occupational Exposure to Beryllium


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is amending its existing standards for occupational exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds. OSHA has determined that employees exposed to beryllium at the previous permissible exposure limits face a significant risk of material impairment to their health. The evidence in the record for this rulemaking indicates that workers exposed to beryllium are at increased risk of developing chronic beryllium disease and lung cancer. This final rule establishes new permissible exposure limits of 0.2 micrograms of beryllium per cubic meter of air (0.2 [mu]g/m\3\) as an 8-hour time-weighted average and 2.0 [mu]g/m\3\ as a short-term exposure limit determined over a sampling period of 15 minutes. It also includes other provisions to protect employees, such as requirements for exposure assessment, methods for controlling exposure, respiratory protection, personal protective clothing and equipment, housekeeping, medical surveillance, hazard communication, and recordkeeping. OSHA is issuing three separate standards--for general industry, for shipyards, and for construction--in order to tailor requirements to the circumstances found in these sectors.


Federal Register, Volume 82 Issue 5 (Monday, January 9, 2017)

Federal Register Volume 82, Number 5 (Monday, January 9, 2017)

Rules and Regulations

Pages 2470-2757

From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov

FR Doc No: 2016-30409

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Vol. 82


No. 5

January 9, 2017

Part II

Department of Labor


Occupational Safety and Health Administration


29 CFR Parts 1910, 1915, and 1926

Occupational Exposure to Beryllium; Final Rule