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OSHA Releases Final Rule Updating Beryllium Exposure Limits

Jan 09, 2017

BerylliumOn January 9, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule lowering occupational exposure limits for beryllium, increase workplace protections to reduce health risks. View OSHA's final rule on Beryllium »

Workers exposed to beryllium under OSHA’s previous permissible exposure limits “face a significant risk of material impairment to their health,” according to the rule, which is scheduled to be published in the Jan. 9 (today’s) Federal Register and will be effective 60 days after publication.

Under the new rule, the 8-hour PEL decreases to 0.2 micrograms of beryllium per cubic meter of air from the previous limit of 2.0 micrograms. The rule also sets a short-term exposure limit of 2.0 micrograms of beryllium per cubic meter of air over a sampling period of 15 minutes.

Once the full effects of the rule are realized, OSHA estimates that the proposed rule will prevent 96 premature deaths and 50 new cases of CBD each year.

View Final Rule on Beryllium Exposure Limits 


OSHA FAQ Sheet

OSHA’s final rule is the result of extensive review of the scientific evidence on adverse health effects associated with occupational exposure to beryllium, feasibility analysis, and importantly, substantial input from stakeholders. Learn more »