Safe Work Australia invites you to express your views about workplace exposure standards for hazardous chemicals used in workplaces in a public consultation process.

Exposure standards refer to the airborne concentration of individual chemicals in the worker’s breathing zone which should not cause adverse health effects or undue discomfort to nearly all workers.

Exposure standards are specified in the model Work Health and Safety Regulations as mandatory legal limits to protect the health of workers and minimise exposure to chemicals in the workplace.

Safe Work Australia is holding this consultation process to examine the current role of exposure standards and how they can be reviewed and maintained. The Agency would particularly like to hear your views about:

  • how exposure standards are currently used
  • the impacts of compliance for businesses and workers
  • the role of exposure standards in the regulatory framework, and
  • how Australia’s exposure standards can be reviewed and maintained in a timely and efficient way.

You can express your views about exposure standards by making a submission in response to The Role of Chemical Exposure Standards in Work Health and Safety Laws: Discussion Paper.

The input received through this public consultation process will help inform policy options for the regulation of workplace exposure standards.

The public consultation period is open for six weeks from 9 November 2015 until 18 December 2015. Submissions close at 5.30 pm AEDT, Friday 18 December 2015.

More information

You can read the Discussion Paper and have your say on the Safe Work Australia public submissions website.