The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency has recently published a brochure
The brochure features a series of important information about asbestos safety in the automotive industry.
Asbestos can be found in machinery parts in vehicles manufactured (or with replaced parts) before 2003.
Inhaling even small amounts of asbestos fibres can cause serious diseases such as lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma.
Asbestos fibres can be released by friable asbestos material or by damaged non-friable material.
If you suspect that a material may contain asbestos, you should have a sample tested by a National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited lab.
Asbestos can contribute to an unsafe working environment, and workers who carry out asbestos-related work must be trained in asbestos identification, safe handling and control measures.
To read the brochure, go to www.asbestossafety.gov.au
For other related information, you can visit your State or Territory’s WorkSafe website.