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Consideration Paper on Lowering the Workplace Exposure Standard for Methyl Bromide

April 2010

In 2008, the Department of Labour commenced consultation on proposed changes to some toxic substances that have been assigned Workplace Exposure Standards.  Methyl bromide is one of the substances proposed for reduction.

The proposed change to the methyl bromide WES is:

  • To reduce the 8 hour WES-TWA (Time Weighted Average) from 5ppm to 1ppm
  • To introduce a WES-GEL (General Excursion Limit) of 3ppm.

Consultation with industry, unions, and other people potentially affected by the proposed change to the methyl bromide WES has resulted in requests for the Department of Labour to provide details of the reasons behind the proposed changes.  In response to these requests, the Department has produced a Consideration Paper giving evidence in support of the proposed changes to the WES.

Effective Occupational Health Interventions in Agriculture

October 2009
Original report prepared by
Injury Prevention Research Unit, Otago University for the Department of Labour

Hairdressing Industry - An Evaluation of Health and Safety Management Practices in the

August 2007
Original report prepared by
Simmers and Associates Limited, for the Department of Labour

Leptospirosis - Reducing the impact on New Zealand workplaces

August 2007
Department of Labour

Road Safety in New Zealand - Improving Work-Related - A Research Report

April 2007
Dr Will Murray, Interactive Driving Systems, for the Department of Labour

Regulatory Impact Statement for Proposed Workplace Safety ACC Levy Discount for Small Businesses in Six High Risk Industries

March 2006
Workplace Policy, Department of Labour

Report of the Ministerial Advisory Panel on Work Related Gradual Process Disease or Infection

June 2005
Ministerial Advisory Panel on Work Related Gradual Process Disease or Infection

Monitoring Report: Use of Methyl Bromide at the Port of Nelson pdf file [size: 293KB ]

Monitoring Report - May 2005
Workplace Group, Occupational Safety and Health Services of the Department of Labour

Risk Evaluation of Dioxin Exposure to Workers at Dow AgroSciences, New Plymouth pdf file [size: 253KB ]

Evaluation Report - February 2005
MWH New Zealand Ltd for the Department of Labour
Q&As about dioxin exposure among former Ivon Watkins Dow workers

Falls Prevention in Construction

Project Report - October 2004
Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities, An Australian and New Zealand Joint Compliance Project.

Working safely for your community: health and safety guidelines for community and voluntary organisations: Evaluation Report - May 2004

Evaluation Report - May 2004
The Strategic Policy Unit, Health and Safety, Department of Labour

Health & Safety Employee Participation pdf file [size: 386KB ]

Final report - March 2004
Colmar Brunton - Social Research Agency

Health and Safety Reporting in the Annual Reports of New Zealand's 100 Largest Employers pdf file [size: 274KB ]

Research Report - December 2003
The Strategic Policy Unit, Health and Safety, Department of Labour

Employer and Employee Perceptions of OSH Investigation Processes pdf file [size: 324KB ]

Research Report - October 2003
Colmar Brunton - Social Research Agency

Aftermath - The Social and Economic Consequences of Workplace Injury and Illness and Aftermath - How the Lives of Fifteen Ordinary New Zealanders have been affected by Workplace Injury and Illness

Research Reports - November 2002
Department of Labour
ACC
Centre for Research on Work, Education and Business