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.
Access documents related to public comment release of documents
Safe Work Australia has developed Models Codes of Practice to provide practical guidance on how to manage health and safety risks.
Access background documents that are relevant to Exposure Standards
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.
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.