OR Occupational Safety & Health Division Proposal to Adopt Federal OSHA Beryllium Rule

In the June 2017 Oregon Bulletin, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) proposed to adopt the recently finalized federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules pertaining to occupational exposure to beryllium. The purpose of this proposed rule is to keep Oregon OSHA in harmony with recent changes to federal OSHA’s standards.

Oregon OSHA proposes to combine the general industry and construction standards of the federal OSHA beryllium rules into one set of rules that is applicable to both industries. The proposed rule would reduce the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for airborne beryllium from 2 micrograms per cubic meter of air (μg/m3) to .2 μg/m3 and set other requirements pertaining to occupational exposure to beryllium.

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Adopt federal OSHA amendments: Occupational Exposure to Beryllium in General Industry, Construction, and Maritime, 56 Or. Bull. 14 (June 1, 2017).