Workplace Exposure Standards (WES) for Airborne Contaminants

Review 2019/2020

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.

 
 
 
 
WES Draft Reports

Overview of proposed changes

Safe Work Australia is releasing batches of draft Evaluation Reports with proposed WES every two weeks.

WES Releases.

Fortnightly releases

Access documents related to fortnightly release of documents

WES Compliance.

Compliance Tool

Ai Group has developed a tool to help you to comply with current requirements related to hazardous chemicals and airborne contaminants and assess if proposed WES will impact your business.

WES Codes of Practice

Codes of Practice

Safe Work Australia has developed Models Codes of Practice to provide practical guidance on how to manage health and safety risks.

Releases

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.

Release 14 – Summary

Comments Close 10 April
 

Release 14 – Full Draft Evaluation Reports

 

Release 13 – Summary

Comments Closed
 

Release 13 – Full Draft Evaluation Reports

 

Release 12 – Summary

Comments Closed
 

Release 12 – Full Draft Evaluation Reports

 

Release 11 – Summary

Comments Closed
 

Release 11 – Full Draft Evaluation Reports

 

Release 10 – Summary

Comments Closed
 

Release 10 – Full Draft Evaluation Reports

 

Release 9 – Summary

Comments Closed
 

Release 9 – Full Draft Evaluation Reports

 

Release 8 – Summary

Comments Closed
 

Release 8 – Full Draft Evaluation Reports

 

Release 7 – Summary

Comments Closed
 

Release 7 – Full Draft Evaluation Reports

 

Release 6 – Summary

Comments Closed
 

Release 6 – Full Draft Evaluation Reports

 

Release 5 – Summary

Comments Closed
 

Release 5 – Full Draft Evaluation Reports

 

Release 4 – Summary

Comments Closed
 

Release 4 – Full Draft Evaluation Reports

 

Release 3 – Summary

Comments Closed
 

Release 3 – Full Draft Evaluation Reports

 

Release 2 – Summary

Comments Closed
 

Release 2 – Full Draft Evaluation Reports

 

Release 1 – Summary

Comments Closed
 
  

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