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, the Coal Mining Safety and Health Regulation 2017 (CMSHR) has been amended to reduce the OEL for respirable dust at coal mines.
Building on the recommendation of the Monash review and the Parliamentary Select Committee report, the regulated limit has been reduced from 3.0 mg/m3 to 2.5 mg/m3 with effect from 1 November 2018.
Last reviewed 28 November 2018