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MNOSHA adopts two federal regulations

On July 6, 2020, Minnesota OSHA adopted two federal regulations, as published in the State Register on Monday, March 16, 2020.

1. Occupational exposure to beryllium; final rule

On Jan. 9, 2017, federal OSHA published a final rule in the Federal Register amending its existing standards for occupational exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds. Federal OSHA has determined that employees exposed to beryllium at the previous permissible exposure limits face a significant risk of material impairment to their health. The evidence in the record for this rulemaking indicates that workers exposed to beryllium are at increased risk of developing chronic beryllium disease and lung cancer. This final rule establishes new permissible exposure limits and includes other provisions to protect employees, such as requirements for exposure assessment, methods for controlling exposure, respiratory protection, personal protective clothing and equipment, housekeeping, medical surveillance, hazard communication and recordkeeping. Minnesota OSHA (MNOSHA) proposes to adopt the final rule as published in the Federal Register in the shipyard and construction industries. MNOSHA adopted the "Occupational exposure to beryllium; final rule" for general industry on May 21, 2018.

2. Additional ambient aerosol CNC quantitative fit testing protocols:  Respiratory protection standard

On Sept. 26, 2019, federal OSHA published a final rule in the Federal Register that provides employers with two new fit testing protocols for ensuring employees' respirators fit properly. The new protocols are the modified ambient aerosol condensation nuclei counter (CNC) quantitative fit testing protocol for full-facepiece and half-mask elastomeric respirators and the modified ambient aerosol CNC quantitative fit testing protocol for filtering facepiece respirators. Both protocols are variations of the original OSHA-approved ambient aerosol CNC protocol, but have fewer test exercises, shorter exercise duration and a more streamlined sampling sequence.

MNOSHA adopts update to Minnesota Rules 5208.1500, Standard Industrial Classification list for AWAIR

On Feb. 3, 2020, Minnesota OSHA adopted Minnesota Rules 5208.1500, Standard Industrial Classification list for AWAIR, as published in the Minnesota State Register on Dec. 16, 2019.

MNOSHA adopt federal regulations

On Nov. 4, 2019, Minnesota OSHA adopted the following federal regulations, as published in the Minnesota State Register on Sept. 3, 2019.

Standards Improvement Project – Phase IV; final rule

Cranes and Derricks in Construction; Operator Qualification; final rule

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