One day before it was scheduled to begin enforcing its 2017 standard to protect workers from exposure to beryllium, OSHA announced that it will delay enforcing many of the standard’s provisions.
Days before compliance is required with its major rule, Occupational Exposure to Beryllium (January 9, 2017, FR), OSHA has published a direct final rule (DFR) clarifying provisions affecting trace amounts of beryllium materials in general industry workplaces. Specifically, the DFR amends the definition of beryllium work area as well as terms affected by that change.
Late last week, OSHA released a couple of important news updates. One announced the issuance of a direct final rule revising the beryllium standard for general industry, and the other addressed whistleblower issues in the railroad and trucking industries. Read up on both of them right here.