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OSHA Delays New Beryllium Rule

OSHA recently announced that the planned March 21 enforcement date of its new beryllium exposure rule would be delayed until May 20. The delay is in response to the Trump administration’s regulatory freeze, which directs federal agencies to review any new or pending regulations and temporarily postpone the date that they would take effect. The final rule on beryllium will reduce the eight-hour permissible exposure limit from 2.0 micrograms per cubic meter to 0.2 micrograms per cubic meter. It will also establish a short-term exposure limit of 2.0 micrograms per cubic meter over a 15-minute sampling period. OSHA estimates that the new rule will prevent 46 new cases of beryllium-related disease and save the lives of 94 employees annually.

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