Managing risks associated with lead in the workplace

Safe Work Australia has recently published a Decision Regulation Impact Statement (DRIS) on ‘Managing risks associated with lead in the workplace’. The statement focuses on blood-lead removal levels and workplace exposure standards.

The DRIS is the result of Safe Work Australia’s review of the current toxicological information and overseas trends in the regulation of lead in the workplace. It examines options to reduce the adverse health outcomes caused by exposure to lead in the workplace.

The DRIS has been considered by state, territory and Commonwealth Ministers responsible for work health and safety. A majority of Ministers support the preferred options to reduce the current permissible blood lead levels and workplace exposure standard, to protect workers. The preferred options will now be implemented through model work health and safety legislation.

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