A safety alert has been issued by the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency reminding importers of Australia’s zero tolerance for asbestos.
In March 2021, the Australian Border Force (ABF) examined two gaskets in a consignment of after-market parts and components imported from China destined for use in construction plant. The two gaskets were compatible with models of Komatsu and Shantui bulldozers.
The gaskets were sampled and tested and found to contain chrysotile asbestos.
Read the full safety alert for further details.
Controlling the risk
SafeWork SA reminds importers, especially of motor vehicles and parts, that Australia has zero tolerance for asbestos. Products with any level of asbestos, regardless of age, are prohibited for import into or use in Australia. It is the responsibility of importers to ensure that imported goods do not contain asbestos.
If you are an employer, a self-employed person or a hobby mechanic and you work on older vehicles, you need to take precautions to protect yourself (and your workers/family) from airborne asbestos fibres.
Read more about your obligations in identifying and controlling the risk of asbestos in imported goods.