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Beryllium rule delayed again

OSHA will continue reviewing questions of law and policy

Posted March 2, 2017

On March 1, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced it planned to delay the effective date of OSHA’s final rule addressing Occupational Exposure to Beryllium from March 21, 2017, to May 20, 2017.

DOL says the action is in response to the White House freeze memorandum issued January 20, 2017, that ordered federal agencies to review any new or pending regulations and temporarily postpone their effective dates.

According to DOL, the proposed delay will allow OSHA an opportunity for further review and consideration of the rule, in accordance with the White House memorandum.

OSHA published the final rule on January 9, 2017, and had previously delayed the effective date to March 21, 2017. During its review, OSHA has preliminarily determined that it is appropriate to further delay the effective date to allow it to continue assessing questions of law and policy.

Note that the proposed extension of the effective date will not affect the compliance dates of the beryllium rule. Comments on the additional proposed extension will be accepted until May 13, 2017. Submit comments to the Federal eRulemaking Portal using Docket ID No. OSHA-H005C-2006-0870.

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