OSHA enforces new beryllium standard

So, what can contractors now expect in the way of beryllium enforcement? Perhaps the best insight comes from OSHA’s guidance to its inspectors. In a May 9 memo from OSHA’s director of enforcement programs, the agency told inspectors to confirm that the construction employer in question has implemented a suitable respiratory protection program, as outlined in Standard ยง1910.134.

OSHA also advised inspectors to review employers’ written programs, observe conditions on the jobsite and interview employees. If the inspector determines that an employer has not instituted the required safeguards, OSHA advised citing the company for the violation.

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