Proposed changes to Workplace Exposure Standards

We are consulting on proposed changes to Workplace Exposure Standards (WESs) for the following substances:

  • beryllium
  • cobalt
  • chromium (VI)
  • manganese
  • nickel
  • perchloroethylene
  • Portland cement
  • synthetic mineral (vitreous) fibres
  • sulphuric acid
  • total welding fume

Reviews for each of the proposals (WESs) have been carried out by WorkSafe.  There are separate proposal documents for each of the proposed WES changes.

Workplace Exposure Standard (WES) review - Beryllium (PDF 168 KB)

Workplace Exposure Standard (WES) review - Cobalt (PDF 154 KB)

Workplace Exposure Standard (WES) review - Chromium (VI) (PDF 215 KB)

Workplace Exposure Standard (WES) review - Manganese (PDF 213 KB)

Workplace Exposure Standard (WES) review - Nickel (PDF 238 KB)

Workplace Exposure Standard (WES) review - Perchloroethylene (PDF 170 KB)

Workplace Exposure Standard (WES) review - Portland cement (PDF 186 KB)

Workplace Exposure Standard (WES) review - Synthetic mineral (vitreous) fibres (PDF 292 KB)

Workplace Exposure Standard (WES) review - Sulphuric acid (PDF 171 KB)

Workplace Exposure Standard (WES) review - Total welding fume (PDF 171 KB)

ACGIH policy statement on the uses of TLVs and BEIs (PDF 67 KB)

ACGIH Statement of Position regarding the TLVs and BEIs (PDF 74 KB)

To provide a submission please use (only use) the submission spreadsheet:

Submission spreadsheet (XLSX 60 KB)

Where to send your response

Email: exposurestandards@worksafe.govt.nz.

Subject line: Consultation on WES.

We encourage you to advise interested parties about this process, to help ensure that the consultation process is available to as many individuals and stakeholders as possible.  We encourage industry associations to share the information with their member organisations, and feedback is welcomed from individuals, businesses and industry associations.

The deadline for response:

The deadline for response is 5:00 pm on 29th June 2018.

Official Information Act:

We are subject to the Official Information Act 1982, which means that your submission may be made available to those seeking information under that Act.