Beryllium Rule Postponed Until March

An early casualty of the regulatory slowdown ordered by President Trump is a rule that the U.S. Department of Labor promulgated to reduce workers’ exposure to beryllium.

DOL’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced that the rule, originally scheduled to take effect on January 9, has been bumped until March 21.

Once the rule goes into effect, it will greatly benefit workers exposed to the toxic metal, especially those in the workers in the aerospace and electronics industries, where the substance is used.

The substance is highly toxic when beryllium-containing materials are processed in a way that releases airborne beryllium dust, fume, or mist into the workplace air that can be then inhaled by workers, potentially damaging their lungs.

The rule will go into effect on March 21, but compliance with the rule is being phased in. So this action merely postpones the start of the clock ticking on when affected workplaces have to comply.

Here’s yesterday’s announcement of the rule’s postponement in the Federal Register.

Here’s my prior writeup on the rule.

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