Safe Work Australia has published the decision regulation impact statement (decision RIS) for the workplace exposure standards framework on its website. A majority of WHS ministers agreed to the preferred option in the decision RIS. This means:
- there is no change to the requirement to ensure exposure standards for substances and mixtures are not exceeded (Regulation 49)
- the Workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants will be updated using the agreed methodology, and
- the name of workplace exposure standards will be changed to workplace exposure limits.
There will be a standard three-year transitional period for duty holders to comply with amendments to the workplace exposure standards. Educational and guidance materials will be developed to support implementation and compliance. Safe Work Australia will work closely with the Commonwealth, state and territory WHS regulators to implement the preferred option. Further information is available at: Decision regulation impact statement: Workplace exposure standards framework under the model Work Health and Safety laws.
To learn more about the workplace exposure standards, visit Safe Work Australias workplace exposure standards for chemicals web page.
Safe Work Australia, 12 November 2019