Asbestos-Containing Products Banned in New Zealand
Asbestos, fibrous forms of siliceous minerals including actinolite, amosite, anthophyllite, crocidolite, serpentine (chrysotile) and tremolite, was widely used throughout the world until the 1980s, when the potential adverse health effects from asbestos exposure became understood. Since then a number of countries have banned or severely restricted its use.
The announcement of a new ban on asbestos-containing products follows a 2014 inventory, released by the Ministry for the Environment. The inventory reported the existence and established use of alternatives to asbestos in New Zealand, paving the way for an extension to the pre-existing ban on the importation of raw asbestos.
The new regulations will allow the importation of products containing asbestos in very specialized applications. For example, in the maintenance of older machinery, vintage planes or ships, and where an alternative is unavailable or the cost would be disproportionately high. In these cases, the risk of exposure must be safely managed. Permission to import items under this scheme will be administered by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).
The ban on products containing asbestos will come into effect on October 1, 2016.
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