OSHA Delays Beryllium Exposure Rule Effective Date

March 2, 2017
The postponement comes in response to the White House memorandum which called for further review of all pending rules and regulations.

The Occupational Exposure to Beryllium rule is undergoing further review, and its effective date will be postponed as a result.

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the rule will now become active on May 20, 2017, about two months after the original date.

The announcement is in direct response to the U.S. administration's memorandum, "Regulatory Freeze Pending Review," which was issued Jan. 20, 2017. The document stated all departments must review any new or pending regulations before they take effect.

OSHA published the final rule on Jan. 9, 2017 with an initial effective date of March 21, 2017. However, the agency determined that additional analysis is needed in the areas of law and policy.

The proposed extension of the effective date will not affect the compliance dates of the beryllium rule.

Comments regarding the additional proposed extension will be accepted through March 13, 2017. Comments can be submitted on this proposal at or to the OSHA Docket Office (Docket No. OSHA-H005C-2006-0870).

The proposal has been scheduled for publication in the Federal Register.

This article was originally published on EHS Today.
About the Author

Stefanie Valentic | Senior Editor

Stefanie Valentic is an associate editor for EHS Today magazine, a Penton Media Inc. publication.

 A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she has been in B2B publishing for eight years. Her work has spanned many industries including crop protection, landscaping, horticulture and pest control.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree from Ohio University. You can find her on Twitter @SVSafety.

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