Our PEC reports make recommendations for the elimination or reduction of hazards and risks associated with chemical use. The effectiveness of NICNAS assessments depends on adoption of recommendations to manage, reduce or mitigate risk, and they can cover OHS, public health, and environmental safety. Recommendations are targeted as much as possible to specific agencies and groups including peak bodies for the setting of health and safety standards such as the NDPSC and the OASCC, as well as state and territory government agencies, industry groups and the general public. The number of recommendations made in PEC reports and published to June 2007 is given in Table 12, by sector.

 

Table 12: Number of PEC report recommendations, by sector, over three years

Target area

OHS

Public health

Environment

 

2004-05

2005-061

2006-072

2004-05

2005-061

2006-072

2004-05

2005-061

2006-072

Peak bodies

5

4

15

6

1

30

-

-

-

State and territory authorities

2

2

15

1

-

-

-

-

-

Industry

9

5

15

3

1

-

-

1

-

General public

-

-

-

1

-

-

-

-

-

Total

16

11

45

11

2

30

-

1

-

1 Includes recommendation from two reports completed to consultation phase, but not published until 2006-07.

2 Recommendations are from a report completed to consultation phase in 2006-07, expected for release early in 2007-08. Each recommendation in the report covers 15 chemicals.

 

Four additional recommendations in the area of public health were made in other assessments completed during the year.

 

NICNAS and other interested stakeholders participated in discussions about the proposed NChEM strategy for the better linking of NICNAS recommendations to state and territory environment management controls. Such linkages should lead to recommendations better adapted to end use in other jurisdictions. The EPHC has made a submission to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) on this subject.