Importation of Products that Contain Asbestos

HSE Australia can assess products that may contain asbestos by analysing small samples flagged by Australian Border Force. We can sample, analyse and test according to local regulations and standards in our NATA accredited laboratory.

The media often report on importers and product suppliers who have received products that contain asbestos. They may have been advised the goods did not contain asbestos, or the goods were labelled asbestos-free but then tested positive when checked by Australian Border Force. Importers may face penalties and prosecution if unauthorised goods contain asbestos.

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Unfortunately, asbestos can be hidden almost anywhere.

Asbestos is found in car break pads, engine or pipe insulation and electrical componentry. Other products known to contain asbestos are vinyl and sheet floor coverings and their adhesives, mastics, fillers and putties, to name a few.

Many other countries don’t have the same regulations and compliance requirements as Australia. Any importation of products that contain asbestos is at the sole risk of the importer. Australian Border Force has become more stringent with border protection and their container and goods import audits. Asbestos-containing materials have been found in building products, crayons, and components of imported vehicles.

Once products reach the wharf in Australia, they are your responsibility. The cost to decontaminate or dispose of asbestos waste products is very expensive, so it’s best to understand what you are bringing into Australia.  

Our certified asbestos assessors can also visit overseas production plants to audit the production process and facilities across Asia and elsewhere (COVID-19 dependant) to be sure imported products will not contain asbestos.

Implications to your brand, reputation and corporate risk are crucially important. Enlisting HSE Australia’s experienced team to assess products before leaving the processing facility is a small price to pay to maintain a positive corporate image.

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HSE Australia offers a wide range of asbestos audit and management services. Get in touch for an individual quote.

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Frequently asked Questions

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To put it simply, asbestos is a rock forming silicate. The most common silicate is quartz. However, asbestos is special because it is not solid but consists of fibres. These fibres, once disturbed or broken down can become a health hazard.

An Asbestos Register is required for workplaces built before 2004; this would incorporate buildings, structures and items of plant and equipment at the workplace or if asbestos is likely to be present at the workplace from time to time. The Asbestos Register formerly documents the location, type, and condition of the Asbestos Containing material. HSE Australia have conducted thousands of assessment audits of buildings and are experts at the audit process.

The asbestos register document must be accessible to those at the workplace who carry out work at the property.  Asbestos Registers must be reviewed and kept up to date.

Unfortunately, yes. asbestos was used over many years and in over 3000 products and applications.

Asbestos can be found anywhere in a property. Asbestos was used in over 3000 building materials until it was banned.

An Asbestos Management Plan is required if Asbestos Containing Materials are identified at the workplace. This document is required to reference the Asbestos Register and is required to detail processes and procedures to manage the Asbestos on site; that is how it is going to be managed in relation to workplace safety as far as asbestos is concerned. HSE Australia can assist in this process.

Suspect Asbestos Containing Materials can be assumed to contain asbestos and managed accordingly. HSE Australia are experts in determine what a ‘suspect asbestos containing material’ is.

As many materials formerly containing asbestos are now made with no asbestos content, a visual assessment to deny asbestos content in a product is not satisfactory. Under safety regulations this can only be completed in a NATA accredited laboratory. HSE Australia is NATA accredited to assessment materials for asbestos content or otherwise in materials.

HSE Australia offers services in areas such as auditing, sampling, analysis and project management and helps clients in various industries to project manage asbestos removal projects.

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