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Occupational Safety and Health Administration

DOL/OSHA

RIN: 1218-AB76

Publication ID: Fall 2010

Title: Occupational Exposure to Beryllium

Abstract: In 1999 and 2001, OSHA was petitioned to issue an emergency temporary standard by the United Steel Workers (formerly the Paper Allied-Industrial, Chemical, and Energy Workers Union), Public Citizen Health Research Group, and others. The Agency denied the petitions but stated its intent to begin data gathering to collect needed information on beryllium's toxicity, risks, and patterns of usage. On November 26, 2002, OSHA published a Request for Information (RFI) (67 FR 70707) to solicit information pertinent to occupational exposure to beryllium including: current exposures to beryllium; the relationship between exposure to beryllium and the development of adverse health effects; exposure assessment and monitoring methods; exposure control methods; and medical surveillance. In addition, the Agency conducted field surveys of selected work sites to assess current exposures and control methods being used to reduce employee exposures to beryllium. OSHA convened a Small Business Advocacy Review Panel under the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) and completed the SBREFA Report in January 2008. OSHA is currently conducting a scientific peer review of its draft risk assessment, which is scheduled to be completed in November 2010. Additionally, an economic peer review is scheduled to be completed in May 2011.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)

Priority: Economically Significant

RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda

Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage

Major: Yes

Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined

CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1910 (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)

Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b); 29 USC 657

Legal Deadline: None

Timetable:

Action

Date

FR Cite

Request for Information

11/26/2002

67 FR 70707

SBREFA Report Completed

01/23/2008

 

Initiated Peer Review of Health Effects and Risk Assessment

03/22/2010

 

Complete Peer Review

11/19/2010

 

Complete Economic Peer Review

05/00/2011

 

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Government Levels Affected: None

Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Federalism: No

Included in the Regulatory Plan: No

RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes

Agency Contact:
Dorothy Dougherty
Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room N-3718,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-1950
Fax:202 693-1678
Email: dougherty.dorothy@dol.gov