Proposed Amendments for Beryllium Standards for Construction and Shipyards

October 7, 2019 

OSHA is proposing to revise the standards for occupational exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds in the construction and shipyards industries. These proposed changes are designed to accomplish three goals: to more appropriately tailor the requirements of the construction and shipyards standards to the particular exposures in these industries in light of partial overlap between the beryllium standards’ requirements and other OSHA standards; to aid compliance and enforcement across the beryllium standards by avoiding inconsistency, where appropriate, between the shipyards and construction standards and proposed revisions to the general industry standard; and to clarify certain requirements with respect to materials containing only trace amounts of beryllium. This proposal would lead to total annualized cost savings of $2.5 million at a 3 percent discount rate over 10 years; at a discount rate of 7 percent over 10 years, the annualized cost savings would be $2.5 million. OSHA has preliminarily determined that these proposed changes would maintain safety and health protections for workers, while This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 10/08/2019 and available online at https://federalregister.gov/d/2019-21038, and on govinfo.gov 2 facilitating compliance with the standards and yielding some cost savings. This proposal does not affect the general industry beryllium standard.

OSHA has issued the proposed rule to amend the beryllium standards for construction and shipyards by more appropriately tailoring the requirements of the standards to the exposures in these industries, more closely aligning the standards to the general industry standard where appropriate, and clarifying certain requirements with respect to materials containing only trace amounts of beryllium.

The official version is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on October 8. Comments on the proposed rule will be due 30 days after its publication on October 8, and the agency will hold an informal public hearing on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at the Department of Labor. For more information, please see the public inspection version of the Federal Register Notice