Workplace Exposure Standards updated
7 September 2010
The Department of Labour has released its updated Workplace Exposure Standards (WES) document. The WES was updated to include references to hazardous substances under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996. The 2010 edition replaces the 2002 (3rd) edition.
Exposure Standards for two hazardous substances have been amended: the Workplace Exposure Standard for Benzene; and the blood suspension level for Lead.
The format of the publication has also been simplified to make it more user-friendly.
The WES can be found here – http://www.osh.govt.nz/order/catalogue/329.shtml and the major changes in the 2010 edition are highlighted in the pdf version of the document.
Please note that health and safety services, formerly referred to as Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) should now be referred to as the Department of Labour.