Comments Urging OSHA to Finalize a More Protective Beryllium Rule

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Public Citizen filed comments urging the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to finalize a safer beryllium rule than the one it proposed, specifically one that would: a) include a lower permissible exposure limit to airborne beryllium of 0.1 micrograms per cubic meter of air (μg/m3) and a short-term exposure limit of 1.0 μg/m3; and b) cover construction and shipyard workers who comprise 40 percent of all beryllium-exposed workers. Public Citizen also encouraged OSHA to commission or conduct a feasibility study assessing the feasibility of compliance with a permissible exposure limit of 0.05 μg/m3 consistent with the evidence-based recommendation of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists.