NDA Submits Comments to OSHA on Beryllium Rule Delay
This week, NDA submitted written comments to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in support of their recent proposal to delay the effective date of the Beryllium Rule until May of 2017.
This week, NDA submitted written comments to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in support of their recent proposal to delay the effective date of the Beryllium Rule until May of 2017. OSHA issued the final Beryllium Rule in January during the last few days of the Obama Administration but under President Trump, OSHA has revisited the effective date and solicited comment from the public about extending it to May.
The final rule, which included the construction industry contrary to the original proposal, changes the eight-hour permissible exposure limit from the previous level of 2.0 micrograms per cubic meter to 0.2 micrograms per cubic meter. Above that level, employers must take steps to reduce the airborne concentration of beryllium. The rule requires additional protections, including personal protective equipment, medical exams, other medical surveillance and training, as well. It also establishes a short-term exposure limit of 2.0 micrograms per cubic meter over a 15-minute sampling period.
In NDA's comment letter, the association articulated its support for delaying the effective date and cited the need to account for all available statistics and data. Considering beryllium is found in only trace amounts during demolition activities, OSHA needs to revisit data they used when issuing the final rule. In addition, OSHA excluded the construction industry when soliciting comments during the proposed rule stage in 2015. The decision to include the construction industry at the last minute warrants additional scrutiny.
NDA members can view the comment letter by clicking here
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