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OSHA delays effective date for beryllium rule

February 1, 2017

Washington – OSHA has delayed until March 21 the effective date of its final rule intended to protect workers from exposure to beryllium.

The final rule originally was scheduled to go into effect March 10. The delay is the result of a presidential directive detailed in a Jan. 20 memorandum that ordered the effective dates of pending regulations to be delayed for 60 days after the date of the memorandum.

The postponement will allow OSHA officials to further review new regulations, according to a notice published in the Feb. 1 Federal Register.

The extension will not affect the rule’s compliance dates, the notice states. Employers will have one year to comply with most of the rule’s provisions.

OSHA is delaying the rule’s effective date without the opportunity for public comment based on a good cause exemption “in that seeking public comment is impracticable, unnecessary and contrary to the public interest,” the notice states.