Introduction

We are seeking your views on how a proposed reduction to the workplace exposure limit (WEL) for hardwood dust, and mixtures of hardwood and softwood dust, will affect businesses in the woodworking industry. The responses will inform HSE’s regulatory impact assessment of the change, which originates from the EU Carcinogen and Mutagens Directive (2017/2398). 

This is your chance to make a positive and material contribution to how HSE understands and addresses the forthcoming change in workplace wood dust limits.

All your responses will be completely anonymous and will not be used for regulatory inspection purposes.

In compliance with the EU Directive, the limit in Great Britain is proposed to fall from the current level of 5 mg/m3 (as an 8-hour time-weighted average, TWA) for hardwood dust to 3 mg/m3 in 2020 and then to 2 mg/m3 in 2023.

The Impact Assessment will consider what additional actions, if any, businesses that process wood will need to take when the limits come into force, over and above what is needed to meet current requirements. This could include any changes to processes or additional controls, and associated costs. It will also assess the expected health benefits.

We would be very grateful if you would share your views and experiences with us by completing this questionnaire. The questionnaire is divided into three sections, with Section 1 'Control Measures' being longer than Sections 2 and 3. Overall, however, the survey should take no more than about 15 minutes to complete. Your views and experiences will be invaluable in informing HSE’s work.

Please be assured that ALL responses via the survey tool (Survey Monkey) are received anonymously and so are unable to be identified. The information provided will only be used by HSE in aggregated form to estimate the costs to business of the regulations, and aggregated data by industry sector will be shared with your trade association(s) so they can better understand the implications of the change for their members.

The survey will close on the Friday 20th July 2018.

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