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The workplace exposure standards (WES) and biological exposure indices (BEI) are guidance values – not prescribed exposure standards (PES).
They are intended to be used as risk criteria for health risk assessment and risk management purposes and applied or interpreted only by people with appropriate training and experience, such as those qualified in occupational health practice.
While business must understand and manage the risks of hazardous or toxic substances at work, we do not recommend untrained people use WES or BEI to assess risk.
If you're new to these standards and indices
We suggest you read these pages first. They've got in-depth explanations and information that you'll find useful:
The following pages have more information about WES and BEI, including explanations of notations and a glossary:
You can search for WES and BEI information for substances using the search box on this page. Or, download the 14th edition of the book, effective from November 2023:
How we set workplace exposure standards and biological exposure indices
This policy explains the role of workplace exposure standards (WES) and biological exposure indices (BEI) produced by WorkSafe and sets out the approach we take to managing and developing them.Read more