June 15,2016, New Zealand Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced the importation of asbestos-containing products is to be banned. The importation of raw asbestos is already banned but we are now extending this prohibition to items which contain asbestos, with a few exceptions.
An inventory released by the Ministry for the Environment in 2014 shows asbestos is no longer imported for use in buildings or where members of the public are likely to be exposed to it. However, it is still imported for a limited number of specialist products, such as gaskets, seals and brake linings.
The Government recognises there are a few specialised uses for which there is no practical alternative. For that reason, there is scope to be granted a permit to import – but only in very select circumstances , such as older machinery, and a small number of vintage plane or ship restorers. In addition, an importer would have to be able to show that any risk of asbestos exposure can be safely managed.
As a carcinogen, asbestos will cause harm to human body and environment, in order to control it there are more than forty countries and regions in the world to specify the relevant ban on asbestos, mainly include:
REACH Annex XVII
Banned asbestos intentionally added ,banned the use and sold of asbestos-containing products.
New materials containing asbestos is prohibited to install in ships from Jan 1,2011
Asbestos can not be used in brake lining from Oct 1,2013
Asbestos can not be found in the part of household
and similar electrical appliances
Banning the use of asbestos sheet; Banning asbestos in vehicle brake, clutch and sealing material; Banning the use of asbestos cement pipe and asbestos cement tile.
Asbestos is a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals,which all have in common their eponymous asbestiform habit: long (roughly 1:20 aspect ratio), thin fibrous crystals, with each visible fiber composed of millions of microscopic "fibrils" that can be released by abrasion and other processes. They are commonly known by their colors, as blue asbestos, brown asbestos, white asbestos, and green asbestos.
1.Raw material manufacturers take active measures to the survey, testing asbestos in the products and provide technical support for the downstream customers.
2. Enterprises should take measures from raw material procurement.
3. The manufacturing should avoid adding asbestos in the manufacture process.