Comcare seeks comments on synthetic mineral fibres code

Monday, 02 February, 2009


Employers, employees and other stakeholders in the Comcare scheme are invited to submit comments on proposed changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Code of Practice 2008 — Part 13 Synthetic Mineral Fibres (SMF).

The proposed changes aim to bring Part 13 of the OHS Code in line with current scientific knowledge. In particular, the changes mean that glass wool, rock wool and slag wool are no longer considered carcinogenic.

The production and use of SMF has increased in recent years as it is used to replace asbestos. However, industry groups maintain that the OHS Code can have a negative impact on business by not recognising current information on the carcinogenic status of SMF.

The consultation paper, current code, proposed changes and comments form are available at www.comcare.gov.au/the_comcare_scheme/public_consultations/proposed_review_of_code_on_synthetic_mineral_fibres.

The consultation period closes on 12 February 2009.

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