OSHA has made changes to the Beryllium Standard for general industry, as well as the construction and maritime industry, in order to clarify, simplify, and improve compliance. The compliance date is September 14, 2020.

According to OSHA, the reason for the changes is the permissible exposure limits were outdated and inadequate for protecting worker health. Beryllium has been identified as a human carcinogen and this rule is expected to reduce the risk of disease among beryllium-exposed workers.

The updated rule changes the following paragraphs in the standard:

  • Definitions
  • Methods of Compliance
  • Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment
  • Hygiene Areas and Practices
  • Housekeeping
  • Medical Surveillance
  • Hazard Communication
  • Recordkeeping, and
  • Appendix A

The beryllium standard for the construction industry is 1926.1124 and the standard for the maritime industry is 1915.1024.

Click the link to view all three standards: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/beryllium/standards.html