Respirable dust exposure level review
The Queensland Government is committed to protecting coal mine workers’ respiratory health.
Workers who are exposed to respirable dust at levels that exceed the occupational exposure limit (OEL) are at risk of developing lung diseases such as coal workers’ pneumoconiosis.
Safe Work Australia is currently undertaking a review of workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants including coal dust.
As an interim measure, pending completion of Safe Work Australia’s review, we are progressing amendments to the Coal Mining Safety and Health Regulation 2017 (CMSHR) to reduce the OEL for respirable dust at coal mines.
Building on the recommendation of the Monash review and the Parliamentary Select Committee report, we are proposing to reduce the regulated limit 1 November 2018 from 3.0 mg/m3 to 2.5 mg/m3. This allows a transition period from 4 October 2018, when Government in Council is due to consider the proposal.
Last updated 21 September 2018