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The final rule will reduce the 8-hr. PEL from 2 μg/m3 to 0.2 μg/m3. Above that level, employers must take steps to reduce the airborne concentration of beryllium. The rule requires additional protections, including PPE, medical exams, other medical surveillance and training, as well. It also establishes a STEL of 2 μg/m3 over a 15-minute sampling period. The final rules takes effect on March 10, 2017, and businesses have until March 12, 2018 to comply with most of the requirements.
Visit OSHA's Beryllium rule webpage for more information.
OSHA has released a Sustainability White Paper, entitled "Sustainability in the Workplace - A New Approach for Advancing Worker Safety and Health. Learn more about the connection between occupational safety and health and sustainability at OSHA's webpage on Sustainability.
OSHA recently updated the Guidelines for Safety and Health Programs that it first released 30 years ago, in order to reflect changes in the economy, workplaces, and evolving safety and health issues. The new Recommended Practices have been well received by a variety of stakeholders and are designed to be used in a wide variety of small and medium-sized business setting. The Recommended Practices present a step-by-step approach to implementing a safety and health program, built around seven core elements that make up a successful program.
For more information, go to osha.gov.SPHguidelines
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