OSHA confirms effective date for Beryllium Standard applications to general industry

Direct final rule takes effect on July 6, 2018

Posted July 5, 2018

OSHA confirmed the effective date of the direct final rule (DFR) that amended the application of the Beryllium Standard for general industry to materials containing trace amounts of beryllium. Because the Agency did not receive adverse comments on the DFR by the deadline of June 6, 2018, the rule becomes effective on July 6, 2018.

The rule clarifies the following:

  • Definitions of “beryllium work area,” “emergency,” “dermal contact,” and “beryllium contamination”;
  • Provisions for disposal and recycling; and
  • Provisions that the Agency intends to apply only where skin can be exposed to materials containing at least 0.1 percent beryllium by weight.

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