OSHA Publishes Clarifications to Beryllium Standard

Early this week in the Federal Register, OSHA published a Direct Final Rule that included important clarifications to the Beryllium Standard (29 CFR 1910.1024). The clarifications begin with changes and additions to the Definitions section of the rule at 1910.1024 (b). The new terms are then incorporated later in the text, which of course impacts the interpretation and potentially the application of the remaining parts of the rule. The rule will become effective July 6, 2018 unless significant adverse comments are received by June 6, 2018.

Here is a side by side comparison of the definition changes between the Initial Rule and what it looks like after the Direct Final Rule:

The Direct Final Rule includes a thorough explanation of the intent of the rule and reasoning for clarifying changes, which is always helpful to anyone involved with the practical application of its provisions.