OSHA Issues Revised Beryllium Standards for Construction and Shipyards


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OSHA published a final rule revising the beryllium standards for construction and shipyards. According to the agency, the final rule includes changes designed to clarify the standards and simplify or improve compliance. The final standards will affect approximately 12,000 workers employed in nearly 2,800 establishments in the construction and shipyard industries. 

The final rule amends the following paragraphs in the beryllium standards for construction and shipyards: definitions, methods of compliance, respiratory protection, personal protective clothing and equipment, housekeeping, hazard communication, medical surveillance and recordkeeping. The agency also removed the hygiene areas and practices paragraph from the final standards because the necessary protections are provided by existing OSHA standards for sanitation.

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