Safe Work Australia calls for public comment on the workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants.

Safe Work Australia is reviewing the Workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants (WES) to ensure they are based on high quality evidence and supported by a rigorous scientific approach.

Comments on the draft reports and WES values are now open for the final release of 169 draft evaluation reports from paraffin wax to zirconium compounds (release 15).

Consultation closes on 30 July 2021. No extensions or late submissions will be accepted.

Each draft report open for public comment includes:

• a recommended WES value

• information about the basis of the recommendation, and

• a summary of the data relied upon to make the recommendation.

Feedback is sought on the WES values and technical comments regarding:

• the toxicological information and data that the value is based on, and

• the measurement and analysis information provided.

The review will result in the development of a list of health-based recommendations for the workplace exposure standards in Australia. This includes recommendation on the workplace exposure standards values, notations, and the list of chemicals.

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Safe Work Australia, 31 March 2021