Review of hazards and health effects of inorganic lead – implications for WHS regulatory policy

Safe Work Australia is currently reviewing workplace blood lead removal levels, i.e. the levels at which a worker must be removed from lead risk work, and the associated workplace exposure standard for lead.

The report by ToxConsult Pty Ltd examines the health effects of exposure to lead and based on the analysis, advises on appropriate blood lead removal levels and workplace exposure standard for lead.

The report finds the current blood lead removal levels in the model Work Health and Safety Regulations are not sufficiently protective of the health of workers in lead risk work and that adverse health effects may occur at those levels. The report proposes changes are needed to the blood lead removal levels. The report also proposes lowering the workplace exposure standard for inorganic lead as a consequence because blood lead levels and air lead levels are interrelated.

This report will inform a consultation Regulation Impact Statement on any proposed changes to the workplace blood lead removal levels and workplace exposure standard for lead.

Safe Work Australia is interested in your views on the recommendations in the report, including the recommendations on blood lead removal levels and workplace exposure standard for lead.

Please provide any comments to workhealth@swa.gov.au or call 1300 551 832 to discuss.

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Topic: Hazardous substances
Type: Research reports
Industry: General
Publication Date: 17/07/2014

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