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Safe Work Australia | Workplace exposure standards feedback

Safe Work Australia is evaluating workplace exposure standards

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. As part of the evaluation, release 8 is now open for public comment. Please note that this release includes chemicals that were deferred from previous releases as well as chemicals that do not currently have an Australian workplace exposure standard.

The chemicals in this release are:

• Dichloroethyl ether
• Dichlorotetrafluoroethane
• 2-Diethylaminoethanol
• Dimethylamine
• N,N-Dimethylethylamine
• 1,1-Dimethylhydrazine
• Disulfoton
• Enflurane
• Ethion
• Ethyl alcohol
• Ethyl butyl ketone
• Ethyl Cyanoacrylate*
• Ethyl mercaptan
• Ethyl silicate
• Ethylene*
• Ethylene chlorohydrin
• Ethylene thiourea*
• 2-Ethylhexanoic acid*

*Chemicals that do not currently have an exposure standard

In particular, Safe Work Australia is seeking comments of a technical nature regarding:

  • the toxicological information and data that the workplace exposure standard value is based upon, and
  • the measurement and analysis information provided.


Access Safe Work Australia’s consultation platform and engage to provide your comments on the draft evaluation reports and recommendations for Release 8. Please note evaluation reports for fenamiphos to hydrogenated terphelyls have been deferred to future releases.

Public comment will close on 20 December 2019.

Safe Work Australia has also flagged changes to occupational exposure limits for respirable dust.

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