A survey regarding workplace chemical exposure standards is being conducted by Safe Work Australia.

The current list of 644 workplace exposure standards is intended to protect Australian workers from potentially harmful levels of airborne chemicals and substances.

Safe Work Australia currently is exploring options to revise and update the list.

It has engaged PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia (PwC) to assist with preparing and analysing the options for revising and updating the Workplace Exposure Standards. PwC has issued a survey to gather data that will inform the baseline costings of the current workplace exposure standard framework.

Duty holders who use, handle, store, generate or dispose of hazardous chemicals are encouraged to complete the survey.

Airborne chemicals or substances may include things such as dusts, diesel emissions, solvent vapours and carbon monoxide.

The Chemical Exposure Standards survey will be open until Tuesday, 14 November 2017.

WorkSafe Health Surveillance

WorkSafe Health surveillance is a requirement for any employer exposing their workers to hazardous substances in the course of work.

Where there is risk to a workers health through exposure to hazardous substances, a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) has the responsibility of providing health surveillance at no cost to their employees.

CHP conducts onsite health surveillance, also known as health monitoring, in Perth and around WA.

There are 16 hazardous substances listed in Schedule 5.3 of the OSH Regulations 1996. 

See the full list of hazardous workplace substances here