Safe Work Australia has released the consultation regulation impact statement: Workplace exposure standards framework under the model WHS laws (consultation RIS) to determine the impact of and the best way to implement an update to the country’s workplace exposure standard framework.
The consultation RIS integrates the outcomes from the public discussion paper, The role of chemical exposure standards in work health and safety laws (2015) and the Business survey on workplace exposure standards (2017). It discovers how well the current system works and identifies improvements to the existing workplace exposure standard framework.
The regulation impact statement examines whether the workplace exposure standards should remain legally enforceable under the model WHS laws, or become advisory standards for duty holders to keep aware of.
Safe Work Australia welcomes submissions from workers, duty holders, regulators, government, unions, members of the public and other parties that have interest in, or use, store, handle, generate, or dispose of hazardous chemicals or other substances that can become airborne.
More information is available on the workplace exposure standards for chemicals webpage.