UNION EFFORTS LOWER DIESEL EXPOSURE LIMIT

Limiting exposure to carcinogens is a crucial step in reducing the incidence of occupational illnesses and cancers.

Last Thursday, SafeWork Australia members agreed to add a workplace exposure limit (WEL) for diesel particulate matter (DPM) at 0.01 mg/m3 (elemental carbon) to the list of Workplace Exposure Limits for airborne contaminants (WEL list).

VTHC, along with affiliated unions, contributed submissions through the ACTU to support this improvement.

The new diesel WEL represents a significant step in limiting exposure to a known carcinogen and will be subject to a three-year phase-in period.

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