As you may be aware, OSHA has issued a proposed rule that would extend the compliance date for certain ancillary requirements of the general industry beryllium standard to December 12, 2018. This extension applies to all processes, operations, or areas where workers may be exposed to materials containing beryllium that fall under the scope of the general industry standard. This proposal would not extend the compliance date for the permissible exposure limits (PELs), exposure assessment, respiratory protection, medical surveillance, or medical removal protection provisions, or for any provisions for which the standard already establishes compliance dates in 2019 and 2020.
The extension allows OSHA to complete a planned notice of proposed rulemaking that is designed to clarify the standard and to simplify compliance. For more information, see the Federal Register Notice and OSHA news release.