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.
After a COVID-19 related pause on Friday 27 March 2020, Safe Work Australia has now recommenced the review of the Workplace Exposures Standard (WES).
Safe Work Australia continued to welcome comments for all previous releases via the dedicated inbox WESconsult@swa.gov.au. However, this process has now officially closed. Any employers wanting to provide additional feedback on these previous documents should contact Tracey Browne to seek assistance to ensure relevant information is considered by the Agency and by Safe Work Australia Members.
Moving forward, 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 are unable to make a full submission within the formal consultation process. This will allow these substances to be flagged for further discussion as consultation continues.
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: Prior to the March 2020 pause on consultation proposed WES documents were being released every two weeks with a 4 week period of consultation. However, Release 15 includes all the remaining proposals and consultation will be open until 31 July 2021.
Ai Group is involved in the final decisions relating to amending a WES. Therefore, in addition to submissions being made to Safe Work Australia, it is essential that Ai Group gets feedback about the practical impact of the proposed changes.
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.