OSHA to Roll Back Rules on Toxic Mineral at Construction Sites

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed on Friday a rollback of some Obama-era rules to protect workers in the maritime and construction industries from beryllium, a potentially deadly mineral.Shortly after President Trump’s inauguration, the agency said it might peel away some restrictions, and OSHA’s proposed new rule follows a lobbying campaign by sellers of a waste product known as coal slag, an abrasive used for sandblasting in shipyards and at construction sites.OSHA’s step is another twist in a four-decades-long effort to lower workers’ exposure to beryllium, an industrial material linked to a debilitating lung ailment called chronic beryllium disease, which is estimated to kill 100 people annually.

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