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December 17, 2018
Mold in the indoor workplace may not rank among OSHA’s top 10 hazards for workers, but research indicates that indoor mold can adversely affect the health of residents and workers, particularly those with respiratory problems. To assist employers in identification and removal of mold and its hazards, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has issued a Dampness and Mold Assessment Tool.

December 14, 2018
In August 2018, OSHA issued a “working paper” that comprised the Agency’s first assessment of the “societal benefits” of its On-Site Consultation (OSC) program. The benefits come in multiple forms—workplace hazards identified, injuries avoided, and monetary benefits.
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December 12, 2018
OSHA’s proposed amendments to its 2017 revised standard to protect workers in general industry exposed to beryllium would not amend the two central parts of that rule—a new permissible exposure limit (PEL) for beryllium of 0.2 micrograms per cubic meter (μg/m3) of air averaged over 8 hours and a new short-term exposure limit for beryllium of 2.0 μg/m3 of air over a 15-minute sampling period. However, the proposal is still far-reaching in how it seeks to amend other parts of the 2017 standard.

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December 11, 2018 (Proposed Rule) - On January 9, 2017, OSHA issued a final rule adopting a comprehensive general industry standard for occupational exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds. In this proposed rule, OSHA is proposing to modify the general industry standard to clarify certain provisions and simplify or improve compliance.

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Which of the following sections is NOT included in OSHA's December 11 proposed revisions to the beryllium standard for general industry?
• Methods of Compliance
• Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment
• Housekeeping
• Permissible Exposure Limits
• Medical Surveillance
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