OSHA To Delay Beryllium PEL Compliance Deadline

Posted on 3/2/2017 by Roger Marks

In today’s Federal Register, OSHA proposed to delay the effective date of its lowered permissible exposure limit (PEL) for beryllium until May 20, 2017.

Finalized in January 2017, the Final Rule dropped the long-term PEL for beryllium to an 8-hour time-weighted average (TWA) of 0.2 micrograms per cupid meter of air and dropped the short-term PEL for beryllium to 2 micrograms per cubic meter of air over 15 minutes.

Beryllium permissible exposure limit workerThe delay is in response to an executive order issued on January 20, which required all Federal agencies to postpone for at least 60 days the effective date of any new final regulations not yet in effect. The required 60-day “freeze” period would have made March 21, 2017 the effective date for the beryllium rule. However, OSHA determined that is was appropriate in this case to delay the effective date for 60 additional days “for the purpose of reviewing questions of fact, law, and policy raised therein.”

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