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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AB76 Publication ID: Spring 2002 
Title: Occupational Exposure to Beryllium 
Abstract: OSHA intends to issue a Request for Information and to evaluate the extensive research related to the mechanisms of disease underlying Chronic Beryllium Disease or beryllium sensitization and to identify the best ways of reducing employee exposure to beryllium. OSHA will also be identifying processes, industries, and kind of businesses that involve the use of beryllium. This information is necessary if OSHA is to develop a rule to reduce worker exposure to dust or fumes from beryllium metal, metal oxides, or alloys, all of which may cause serious and sometimes fatal lung disease (chronic beryllium disease (CBD), lung cancer, and skin disease). In 1999 and in 2001, OSHA was petitioned to issue an emergency temporary standard by the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical, and Energy Workers Union (PACE), Public Citizen Health Research group and others. The Agency denied these petitions but stated its intent to work on a standard to be issued under section 6(b)(5) of the Act to protect workers from beryllium-related disease. Before OSHA can do so, however, it needs a substantial amount of information on beryllium's toxicity, risks, and patterns of use. The Request for Information will be designed to obtain this information. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1910   
Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b)    29 USC 657   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Request for Information  09/00/2002    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
Agency Contact:
Steven F. Witt
Director, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs
Department of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N-3700, FP Building,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-2200
Fax:202 693-1671