OSHA has delayed enforcement of its rule lowering occupational exposure to beryllium to May 11th. In January 2017, the agency issued a final rule to reduce the eight-hour permissible exposure limit to 0.2 micrograms per cubic meter from the previous level of 2.0 micrograms per cubic meter. Above that level, employers must take steps to reduce the airborne concentration of beryllium. The rule also required additional protections, including personal protective equipment, medical exams and other medical surveillance and training. It also established a short-term exposure limit of 2.0 micrograms per cubic meter over a 15-minute sampling period.
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