Importation of Asbestos
International manufacturers are usually aware of Australia’s requirements and may attempt to allay any concerns of the importing business with written assurances or certificates supplied by local contractors to confirm a product is asbestos free. The reporting guidelines of these local contractors may allow for reporting of materials as asbestos free as per the previous example, this therefore does not provide the confidence required for the importer.
OHMS Asbestos can help mitigate the risk by assessing the materials due for importation at the point of origin. We can also assess materials upon arrival in Australia before release. As it is the responsibility of the importer to ensure the goods do not contain asbestos, it can be commercially beneficial to assess the material before entering Australia. If materials are found to contain asbestos without appropriate permission, they will be seized at the border by the Australian Border Force (ABF).
The Government of Western Australia and the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety have developed an asbestos in plant checklist to assist companies when importing plant from outside of Australia.
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