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                                                                                                                SA201003 – 30/04/2010

Asbestos gaskets in imported plant

Purpose
A Safety Alert has been issued by WorkSafe WA after items of plant were recently imported into
Western Australia and found to contain bonded asbestos gaskets.

The plant was imported from New Zealand and Thailand for installation at a major industrial site in
that state. Workers at the site were unaware that any gaskets contained asbestos.

Contributing Factors
      Customs Information and Support Centre on 1300 363 263.
      All forms of asbestos containing materials have been prohibited imports in Australia since
       31 December 2003.
      Gaskets containing asbestos are still manufactured in some other countries.
      Plant was imported that included temporary shipping gaskets containing asbestos.
      Gaskets containing asbestos may have a similar appearance to non-asbestos gaskets.

Recommendations
1) Importers should ensure that imported plant does not contain asbestos containing materials.
2) Suspect material should be analysed by a National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA)
   accredited laboratory.
3) Any removal work must be carried out by a competent person such as a licenced asbestos
   removalist.
4) Removal methods for asbestos gaskets and other asbestos containing materials are found in the
   Code of Practice for the Safe Removal of Asbestos.
5) Asbestos waste must be disposed of at a licensed asbestos disposal site.

Further information
      Code of Practice for the Management and Control of Asbestos in Workplaces
       [NOHSC:2018(2005)]
      Code of Practice for the Safe Removal of Asbestos 2nd Edition [NOHSC:2002(2005)]
      Australian Customs Service website: www.customs.gov.au



Information on workplace safety matters is available at NT WorkSafe:
GPO Box 1722 Darwin NT 0801
Telephone: 1800 019 115
Facsimile: (08) 8999 5141
Email: ntworksafe@nt.gov.au
Website: www.worksafe.nt.gov.au



NT WorkSafe, a Division of the Northern Territory Department of Justice, administers the Workplace Health and
Safety Act, Dangerous Goods (Road and Rail Transport) Act, Dangerous Goods Act, Radioactive Ores and
Concentrates (Packaging and Transport) Act, and the Electricity Reform Act on behalf of the Northern
Territory Government.
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