Workplace Exposure Standards (WES) establish the maximum level of airborne contaminant that can be present in the air, for mixtures and substances that can cause harm to health.
Any business that uses hazardous chemicals or produces fumes, dust or vapours during processes will most likely be affected by the outcomes of this review.
On this page you will find everything you need to know to comply with current WES and to consider the impact of proposals to change WES and introduce WES for some substances that do not currently have a WES.
On Friday 27 March 2020, Safe Work Australia officially advised that they are pausing the release and publication consultation for this review, due to the evolving COVID-19 situation.
During this period, Safe Work Australia will continue to welcome comments for all current and previous releases via the dedicated inbox WESconsult@swa.gov.au.
When providing feedback, they ask that people indicate the chemical/s they are providing feedback for and whether their feedback is from an individual or on behalf of an organisation.
Ai Group encourages organisations with concerns about proposed exposure standards to advise Safe Work Australia and Ai Group as soon as possible, even if you do not currently have the resources available to provide a full submission. This will allow these substances to be flagged for further discussion once consultation resumes.
Safe Work Australia is evaluating the Workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants to ensure they are based on the highest quality, contemporary evidence and supported by a rigorous scientific approach. We have collated the fortnightly releases from Safe Work Australia below, if you would like more information please contact us or visit their website.
Please note: Do not be concerned about consultation being “closed”. We are still seeking feedback.
Technical Review of the proposed WES is only open for 4 weeks. However, it is essential that Ai Group gets feedback about the practical impact of the proposed changes through until the completion of the review which will be in mid 2020. Ai Group will be able to raise these issues with Safe Work Australia before final decisions are made. You can provide feedback to us using this form.