On March 1, 2017, the United States Department of Labor proposed another delay to the effective date of Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (“OSHA”) new beryllium rule. The proposed delay is again in conjunction with the White House’s Regulatory Freeze Pending Review Memorandum (the “Memorandum”). If implemented, it will make the rule’s new effective date May 20, 2017.
Beryllium is a strong, but light, element often used to make cell phones, missiles, and aircraft. Beryllium and related compounds are most commonly used in the aerospace, electronics, energy, telecommunication, medical, and defense industries. Based on various studies and information, the International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified beryllium as carcinogenic. OSHA states that if inhaled or touched, beryllium is highly toxic and poses an increased risk of chronic beryllium disease or lung cancer.
With that in mind, OSHA seeks in… Continue Reading