In May 2018, OSHA began enforcing the beryillum permissible exposure limits for the construction and maritime industries, as well as other requirements of the general industry standard.
However, the agency has pushed back certain requirements of the rule to Aug. 9, 2018. The requirements include beryllium work areas, regulated work areas, methods of compliance, personal protective clothing and equipment, hygiene areas and practices, housekeeping, communication of hazards and recordkeeping.
OSHA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to further extend the compliance dates of the remaining requirements until Dec. 12, 2018.
The agency will not enforce any other provisions for beryllium exposure in those standards unless it provides notice. Certain compliance dates outlined in the rule remain unchanged. Enforcement of the general industry requirements for change rooms and showers will begin March 11, 2019, and requirements for engineering controls will begin March 10, 2020.