29th October 2019

The NSW Government will support Safe Work Australia’s recommendation to reduce the Australian Workplace Exposure Standard for respirable coal dust from 2.5 to 1.5 mg/m3 and respirable crystalline silica from 0.1 to 0.05 mg/m3.

The Government will also support SafeWork Australia undertaking further research on whether a reduction to 0.9 mg/m3 for respirable coal dust and 0.02 mg/m3 for respirable crystalline silica is achievable.

Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation Kevin Anderson confirmed the Government position last week as well as announcing a range of new measures targeting silica dust issues in the manufactured stone fabrication industry. Read the media release.

Safe Work Australia has proposed that the reductions be implemented within three years.