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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Labor and Industry
Safety and Health Codes Board
Federal Identical General Industry Standards [16 VAC 25 ‑ 90]
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Rule for the Occupational Exposure to Beryllium, Parts 1910, 1915, and 1926, and Other Related Provisions
General Information
Action Summary It is highly toxic when beryllium-containing materials are processed in a way that releases airborne beryllium dust, fumes, or mist into the air in the workplace. This can be then inhaled by workers, potentially damaging their lungs and increasing their risk of developing chronic beryllium disease (CBD) or lung cancer. OSHA has amended its existing standards for Occupational Exposure to Beryllium and beryllium compounds because employees exposed to beryllium at the previous permissible exposure limits face a significant risk of the material impairment to their health. This final rule reduces the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for beryllium from 2.0 micrograms (µg/m3) to 0.2 micrograms (µg/m3) as an 8-hour time-weighted average and establishes a new short term exposure limit.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Exempt from APA Yes, this chapter is exempt from Article II of the APA and executive branch review. The normal executive branch review process is not required.
RIS Project Yes  [005037]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
7839 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 05/15/2017.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Ron Graham  / Director, Occupational Health Compliance
Address: 600 E Main Street
Suite 207
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
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