There are three beryllium standards — one for general industry, one for shipyards, and one for construction. The new proposed rule affects the standards for shipyards and construction only. The general industry standard remains unchanged.
It retains the new permissible exposure limit (PEL) and short-term exposure limits (STEL) set in the final rule. However, it proposes to revoke the ancillary provisions, specifically “exposure monitoring, regulated areas (and competent person in construction), a written exposure control plan, protective equipment and work clothing, hygiene areas and practices, housekeeping, medical surveillance, medical removal, and worker training.”
As the reason for its decision, the agency cited evidence that beryllium exposure in the industries is limited to abrasive blasting in construction, abrasive blasting in shipyards, and welding in shipyards, and noted that OSHA already has standards applicable to these applications.
The proposed rule is open for comments through August 28, and OSHA will not enforce the current shipyard and construction standards while the new rule is being considered.