The workplace exposure standard (WES) for respirable crystalline silica (silica dust) has recently halved.
Safe Work Australia has published information, including a checklist, to help persons conducting a business or undertaking (for example, an employer or small business owner) to understand the changes to the WES for silica dust, and to assess and effectively manage the risks of silica dust in their workplace.
The WES for silica dust has halved from an eight-hour time weighted average of 0.1 mg/m3 to 0.05 mg/m3. The reduced silica dust WES was implemented in most jurisdictions from 1 July 2020.
More information on the changes to the WES for silica dust are accessible here.