“I’m a complex-problem junkie... The kinds of problems that we have to solve in public health, you can’t solve with a pure linear approach,” says Lee Newman, director of the Center for Health, Work & Environment at ColoradoSPH.
A delayed OSHA rule to protect workers from beryllium may undergo changes that would exclude certain industries from key provisions of the new standard, such as offering medical screenings to workers who have been exposed. Dr. Newman has studied beryllium for over 30 years and his research is clear — workers need protections from this toxic metal.
Dr. Newman explains the significance of a new federal standard issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to protect workers from beryllium. OSHA relied on more than 100 papers authored by Newman and his colleagues to develop the new standard, reducing exposure levels by 10 times
Our center and the Center for Global Health at the Colorado School of Public Health announced a new partnership with Pantaleon, one of the largest sugar producers in Central America, to further understand the health risks of sugarcane workers and improve prevention efforts.
OSHA proposed a new standard that would limit workers exposure to beryllium, roughly ten times lower than the current level. Researchers such as Dr. Newman have long called for the agency to update beryllium exposure regulations based on the latest science. Beryllium producers and labor groups have come also come together to join the call for a new rule.