SWA seeks feedback on exposure to non-threshold genotoxic carcinogens

Friday, 16 June, 2023

SWA seeks feedback on exposure to non-threshold genotoxic carcinogens

Safe Work Australia is seeking to understand whether non-threshold genotoxic carcinogens (NTGCs) are present in Australian workplaces, in what quantities, and for what purpose, through a survey. NTGCs are carcinogens that can cause cancer by interfering with normal body processes and altering DNA. No safe exposure level or dose can be established for NTGCs based on current scientific knowledge, with any exposure posing a risk of cancer.

The review of the Workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants identified 33 chemicals as NTGCs with evidence of use in Australian workplaces. Further information is sought from stakeholders to inform decisions around how NTGCs should be regulated to protect workers from exposure to these carcinogens. Safe Work Australia encourages stakeholders to complete the survey, to detail which NTGCs are used in Australian workplaces; the quantity of each NTGC in the workplace; how they are currently used, including the industries and processes; and the control measures currently in place to minimise the risks to workers from exposure to NTGCs.

Safe Work Australia is also seeking stakeholder feedback about the regulatory requirements in place under the model WHS laws to protect workers from exposure to carcinogens in Australian workplaces. The survey responses will be used to inform further consideration of options under the model WHS laws to better protect workers from exposure to NTGCs.

The survey can be completed on Safe Work Australia’s online consultation platform Engage by 11:59 pm (AEST) Friday 8 September 2023.

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