Safe Work Australia seeks comments on workplace exposure standards

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Safe Work Australia is evaluating the Workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants to ensure they are based on the highest quality evidence and supported by a rigorous scientific approach.

The safety agency is seeking comments on the draft evaluation reports and recommendations for the workplace exposure standards (WES) throughout 2019, beginning with respirable crystalline silica and respirable coal dust.

Safe Work Australia is specifically seeking comments of a technical nature regarding the toxicological information and data that the value is based upon, and the measurement and analysis information provided.

Participants can access the Safe Work Australia platform Engage to comment on the draft evaluation reports and recommendations for respirable crystalline silica and respirable coal dust by 30 April 2019.

Safe Work Australia said it will consider the feedback received as part of this process when making final recommendations regarding the workplace exposure standards.

“The draft evaluation reports and recommendations for the remaining chemicals on the Workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants, as well as additional chemicals that are being considered for inclusion on this list, will be released throughout 2019,” Safe Work Australia said in a statement.

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