The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a final rule on Friday that revised the beryllium standards for construction and shipyards. The final rule clarifies the standards for improving compliance, the agency said in a statement.
In the final rule, OSHA will require construction and shipyard employers to establish, implement and maintain written beryllium exposure plans that include a list of activities and job titles that are reasonably expected to involve beryllium exposure, technical controls, working methods and a respiratory protection and a list of personal protective clothing and equipment required. Building standards must also now include procedures to limit access to work areas where exposure to beryllium can reasonably be expected. OSHA has removed hygiene areas and practices from the final standards on the grounds that the necessary protections are already required by OSHA's sanitary standards.
The final rule enters into force on 30 September 2020 and is expected to affect approximately 1