Consultation opens on proposed amendments to work health and safety requirements for inorganic lead

Safe Work Australia is seeking feedback from interested parties on proposed changes to work health and safety requirements for inorganic lead.

Current scientific evidence suggests that current legislated blood lead levels and workplace exposure standards do not adequately protect worker health.

Exposure standards are specified in the model Work Health and Safety Regulations as mandatory legal limits to protect the health of workers and minimise exposure to chemicals in the workplace.

Safe Work Australia is seeking feedback on proposed amendments to blood lead levels and airborne lead concentrations, in particular options for:

  1. Setting levels of lead in workers’ blood (blood lead levels) to identify:
    • trigger points to commence mandatory health monitoring of workers
    • workers who need to be removed from lead risk work, and
    • when those workers may be returned to lead risk work.
  2. Setting maximum concentration levels of lead in air for workplaces.

Workers and businesses who work with lead, regulators, occupational hygienists, work health and safety professionals and other interested stakeholders, are invited to comment on options put forward in the Consultation Regulation Impact Statement. Submissions can be made via the Safe Work Australia public submissions website. Submissions close 5.30 pm AEDT, Friday 26 February 2016.


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