The purpose of this Guide for Compliance website is to provide employers with insight, guidance and tools to help make it easier to meet the requirements of the OSHA Beryllium Standard for General Industry (29 CFR § 1910.1024).
The elements in the Guide for Compliance are based on the final OSHA Beryllium Standard for General Industry issued July 14, 2020. First time users of this Guide for Compliance website are encouraged to utilize this website in sequential order from Applicability through Recordkeeping.
Along with a lower Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL), OSHA’s final rule establishes an Action Level (AL), a Short-Term Exposure Limit (STEL) and requires employers who process beryllium-containing materials to comply with a number of additional provisions.
The following links describe what beryllium is and where it is used:
Beryllium Exposure Limits
Action Level (AL) – means a concentration of airborne beryllium of 0.1 microgram per cubic meter of air (µg/m3) calculated as an 8-hour time-weighted average (TWA).
Time-weighted average (TWA) PEL – The employer must ensure that no employee is exposed to an airborne concentration of beryllium in excess of 0.2 μg/m3 calculated as an 8 hour TWA
Short-term exposure limit (STEL) – The employer must ensure that no employee is exposed to an airborne concentration of beryllium in excess of 2.0 μg/m3 as determined over a sampling period of 15 minutes.
1 calculated as an 8-hour TWA
2 as determined over a sampling period of 15 minutes
This Guide for Compliance website will guide you through the OSHA Beryllium Standard for General Industry to determine which elements apply to your beryllium operations. Upon completion you will know what needs to be done to meet your compliance obligations under the standard. In addition, tools and document forms are available to help get you there.
Visit OSHA’s website on beryllium for more information, which includes the final version of the Beryllium Standard for General Industry and answers to frequently asked questions regarding the OSHA beryllium standard.
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This needs assessment website should take approximately 30-60 minutes to complete and at the end a printable action plan will be provided to assist with your compliance obligations under OSHA’s Beryllium Standard 1910.1024.
The first step is to determine if OSHA’s Beryllium Standard for General Industry is applicable to your operations.