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Restart of Beryllium Exposure Rule Gets Safety Panel OK

Sept. 9, 2019, 7:41 PM

Federal construction safety regulators should continue with plans to revise rules protecting workers from toxic beryllium dust, an OSHA advisory committee agreed Sept. 9.

The recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health supports the surprise Sept. 4 announcement from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that it wanted to change direction and clarify, rather than eliminate, additional requirements for regulating exposure to beryllium. By law, the advisory committee is required to review proposed construction rule changes.

Beryllium is a metal valued for its low weight and high strength. The ore is used in parts for aircraft and ...

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