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Another Proposed Delay for OSHA’s Beryllium Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a proposed delay in the effective date of the rule entitled Occupational Exposure to Beryllium, from March 21, 2017, to May 20, 2017.

The announcement follows a White House memorandum, entitled "Regulatory Freeze Pending Review," issued January 20, 2017, that directed the department to undertake a review of any new or pending regulations and temporarily postpone the date that they would take effect.

The proposed delay will allow the Occupational Safety and Health Administration an opportunity for further review and consideration of the rule, in keeping with the White House memorandum. OSHA published the final rule on January 9, 2017, and, in response to the memorandum, previously announced the effective date would be postponed to March 21, 2017 (see February 6, 2017 Leadership Update). In its review process, OSHA has preliminarily determined that it is appropriate to further delay the effective date to May 20, 2017, for the purpose of additional review into questions of law and policy.

Compliance dates of the Beryllium final rule are unchanged by the extension. All sectors have one year to comply with most of the requirements, two years to provide any required change rooms and showers, and three years to implement engineering controls.

Please visit ISRI's Regulatory Update webpage for more information about the rule, frequently asked questions, and compliance assistance resources, or contact Terry Cirone.

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