Safety alert on asbestos gaskets

A WESTERN Australian safety authority is concerned about gaskets containing asbestos imported into Western Australia.

A WESTERN Australian safety authority is concerned about gaskets containing asbestos imported into Western Australia.

Asbestos gaskets were recently discovered on imported pipe-work at a construction site on a mine in Western Australia, according to State Mining Engineer Martin Knee.

“The gaskets were used to protect the pipe-work during transit,” Knee said.

“The asbestos gaskets were sent into Australia from overseas in contravention of the existing bans on the importation of asbestos materials. The asbestos was only identified by an employee who had worked on another site where the same hazard was discovered.”

Key contact:

Resources Safety

Department of Consumer and Employment Protection

08 9358 8079

ResourcesSafety@docep.wa.gov.au

www.docep.wa.gov.au/ResourcesSafety

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