When will the remaining WES be reviewed and available for comment?

Draft evaluation reports and recommendations will be released alphabetically throughout the project. Each release will be announced here on Engage and via the subscriber contact list.

Subscribe to the ‘chemical exposure standards’ mailing list to stay informed about release dates for public comment on other chemicals. 

Why are the current WES values being reviewed?

Safe Work Australia reviewed the workplace exposure standards framework and the effectiveness of the current workplace exposure standards in modern workplaces. The review found that many of the WES values require updating and highlighted that toxicological knowledge and recommendations of airborne hazardous chemicals have advanced significantly since the workplace exposure standards were first adopted in 1995.

How long will i have to provide my comments?

The consultation period for each release of WES will be open for 4 weeks.

Will I receive a response to my comments?

No. Safe Work Australia is not intending to respond to the individual comments received. The feedback collected will be considered when making the final recommendations regarding the WES values. Should you have questions of a technical nature regarding the recommendation and basis for a specific workplace exposure standard that require a response please forward them to wesconsult@swa.gov.au.

Will my comments be published?

No. The feedback collected will only be used by Safe Work Australia to further inform the recommended WES values. All feedback is subject to the Privacy Act (Cth 1988) and Freedom of Information Act (Cth 1982). 

Will other people see my comments?

No. Other participants using Engage cannot view your comments and your comments will not be publicly available.