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Beryllium

Chapter 296-850, WAC

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Beryllium (Chapter 296-850 WAC) (Includes changes to Chapter 296-841 WAC Airborne Contaminants, Chapter 296-307 WAC Safety Standards for Agriculture)

The purpose of this rulemaking is add Chapter 296-850 WAC Beryllium as a new chapter to Title 296 WAC of the Department of Labor and Industries. This new rule is in response to the Occupational Safety and Health Administrationís (OSHA) final rule on Beryllium in General Industry CFR 1910.1024, Construction CFR 1926.1124 and Maritime CFR 1915.1024. The department will have one Beryllium rule to include all industries listed, instead of separate rules for each industry as OSHA has done. This rule will limit worker exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds (as Be), which can cause the debilitating lung disease known as chronic beryllium disease (CBD) and lung cancer. This rule mirrors OSHAs final rule, with minor differences in the Definitions, Medical Removal, and Medical Surveillance sections that allow for implementation of the rule to be consistent with existing requirements in Title 51 RCW. The PEL tables in WAC 296-307-62625 and WAC 296-841-20025 were updated to reflect OSHAs reduced Beryllium PELs. All obligations of this standard commence and become enforceable on December 12, 2018, except for the following compliance dates: Change rooms and showers required by WAC 296-850-145 must be provided by March 11, 2019; and Engineering controls required by WAC 296-850-130 Methods of Compliance must be implemented by March 10, 2020. The changes were adopted 8/21/2018 and became effective on 12/12/2018.793.

12/12/2018

Rule Changes Effective

8/21/2018

PDF: Adoption (Rule-Making Order CR-103)

PDF: Adopted Rule Language

PDF: Response to Public Comments (CES)

6/19/2018

Comments Due

6/13/2018

Public Hearing

6/12/2018

Public Hearing

5/1/2018

PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language

4/18/2017

PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

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