OSHA Publishes New Final Rule on Beryllium for General Industry

On July 14, 2020, OSHA published a final rule revising the beryllium standard for general industry that maintains protection for employees while insuring that the standard is well understood and compliance is simple and straightforward. This standard will affect approximately 50,500 workers employed in general industry.

The final rule amends the following paragraphs of the beryllium standard for general industry: “Definitions,” “Methods of Compliance,” “Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment,” “Hygiene Areas and Practices,” “Housekeeping,” “Medical Surveillance,” “Hazard Communication” and “Recordkeeping.” It also has a new Appendix A: “Operations for Establishing Beryllium Work Areas.”

Key Provisions of the Beryllium Standard for General Industry
  • A permissible exposure limit (PEL) for beryllium of 0.2 µg/m3, averaged over 8-hours.
  • A short-term exposure limit for beryllium of 2.0 µg/m3, over a 15-minute sampling period.
  • Requires employers to: use engineering and work practice controls (such as ventilation or enclosure) to limit worker exposure to beryllium; provide respirators when controls cannot adequately limit exposure; limit worker access to high-exposure areas; develop a written exposure control plan; and train workers on beryllium hazards.
  • Requires employers to make available medical exams to monitor exposed workers and provides medical removal protection benefits to workers identified with a beryllium-related disease.

For additional information visit https://www.osha.gov/beryllium/rulemaking