The Queensland Department of Mines and Energy (DME) has released a safety bulletin urging mines to check their brake and clutch assemblies for traces of chrysotile asbestos.
According to the bulletin, a nationwide ban on asbestos was imposed in December 2003, but there continues to be circumstances of some friction products containing white asbestos.
The DME said the potential of having white asbestos traces exists for older vehicles at mines and quarries and also if the mine has recently acquired a second hand plant, or use of contractors or hired plant.
The safety bulletin recommended minesites not use compressed air for cleaning purposes and/or high speed abrasive sanders on friction linings when working with friction products.
Chief Inspector of Coal Mines
Queensland Department Mines and Energy