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Public to engage SWA on airborne contaminant exposure

Friday, 19 July, 2019

Public to engage SWA on airborne contaminant exposure

Safe Work Australia (SWA) is set to open its second forum on draft airborne contaminant evaluations as part of its review of relevant workplace exposure standards.

The forum is expected to open 30 August 2019 and will cover airborne chemicals grouped alphabetically from acetaldehyde to benzoyl chloride, according to the release schedule, which was published on Monday.

It follows SWA’s April 2019 forum, where stakeholders were asked to comment on proposed evaluations and recommendations for workplace exposure standards on crystalline silica and respirable coal via the Engage platform.

If all goes to plan, SWA will have completed 16 forums on airborne contaminants, each lasting four weeks, by May 2020.

The feedback received from this process will be considered when making final recommendations on the workplace exposure standards.

Ultimately, SWA hopes the review will “ensure the Workplace Exposure Standards for airborne contaminants are based on the highest quality, contemporary evidence and supported by a rigorous scientific approach”.

The release schedule and Workplace Exposure Standards for airborne contaminants can be found via SWA’s website.

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