In a report submitted to a Senate Enquiry during August 2015, ASEA state that;
“There is no guarantee Australian buildings constructed post the 2003 ban on asbestos imports were free of the killer substance.” – The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency
Some recent examples of this in action included:
- November 2013 – cement compound board (often referred to as cement sheeting) was found to contain chrysotile asbestos. It had been imported into the ACT from China.
- 2014 – A thrifty NSW owner builder purchased a shed from a supplier on the internet, which also contained chrysotile asbestos in a sealing tape installed between roof sheets.
The main ways to prevent accidental importation of Asbestos is to:
- Be wary when importing from Asian countries
- Require specific declarations that the products conform to Australian requirements
- Cautiously inspect the products wearing PPE before considering use and if in doubt
- Get an Asbestos Test of the product, call 131 546 and ask for an Asbestos Test
You can also contact ASEA if you suspect a building product you have imported may contain Asbestos. They will want to know.