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Wednesday, 8 August, 2018 - 16:45
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Policy & legislation
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National News

Safe Work Australia recently announced the release of its consultation regulation impact statement: Workplace exposure standards framework under the model WHS laws.

The consultation RIS aims to determine the impact of, and best way to implement, an update to Australia’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 looks at how well the current system works and identifies improvements to the existing workplace exposure standard framework.

It also explores 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.

Submissions are welcomed from workers, duty holders, regulators, government departments, unions, members of the public and other parties that have an interest in, or use, store, handle, generate, or dispose of hazardous chemicals or substances that can become airborne.

To access the consultation RIS and make a submission visit the consultation platform or for more information on the review and consultation see the workplace exposure standards for chemicals webpage.