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OSHA Proposes 10-Fold Reduction in Beryllium Workplace Exposure Limit

Torrence photoBy Allison A. Torrence

On August 7, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a proposed rule in the federal register that would reduce exposure limits for occupational exposure to beryllium. Beryllium is a strong but lightweight metal (it is stronger than steel, but lighter than aluminum) used primarily in the aerospace and defense industries and is classified as a strategic and critical material by the U.S. Department of Defense. OSHA estimates that approximately 35,000 workers are potentially exposed to beryllium in approximately 4,088 establishments in the United States.

TAGS: Air, Climate Change, OSHA, Sustainability, Toxic Tort

PEOPLE: Allison A. Torrence