If you are planning to import a car, you have to remember certain important things. One of them is that imported cars may have asbestos in them and it’s completely banned in Australia.
For example, if you are planning to import an American car, you should know that asbestos has never been completely banned in the United States. So, the car you’ll import from the US may have asbestos in it.
Thus you’ll have to take care to undergo an expert quarantine service at Dazmac Logistics so as to get your imported vehicle cleared from the Customs. But you’ll also have to get asbestos cleaned from the car.
The automobile industry in the US continues to use asbestos in clutch assemblies and brake pads.
Although today there may be hardly any vehicles with asbestos in them, a leading Chinese automaker was made to recall their new car from the Australian market in summer 2012.
The International Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health published a derisive condemnation in 2004 of attempts of automakers to corrupt medical literature to avoid liabilities for asbestos exposure.
When it is crumbled, asbestos is the most dangerous. It then produces inhalable fibres which can in turn cause lung cancer.
As advised by the Consumer Products Safety Commission, asbestos-containing products remain undisturbed, unless damaged.
However, this cannot happen in the automobile repair industry. Brakes have to be checked, maintained and substituted regularly to confirm their safety.
Since brake pads destroy over time and create dust, there are high chances that you (and your family) are exposed to hazardous inhalable fibres if you don’t take proper precautions.
What to Do to Prevent Exposure to Asbestos Brake Pads?
The best way to protect yourself from potential asbestos exposure during repair and maintenance of your vehicle is to hand over your vehicle to a professional mechanic or you can get Dazmac Logistics to clean asbestos in old cars today.
If you should work on your car at home, take a look of this list of do’s and don’ts published by the Environmental Protection Agency.
If a clutch or brake should be grooved, drilled, lathe-turned, beveled or cut, make use of low speeds to keep the amount of powder produced low.
Use ready-to-install, pre-ground parts.
Change to clean clothing before entering inside the home and clean the work clothes separately.
Use machines with a local exhaust powder collection system fitted with HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filtration to keep away dust exposure and contamination of work area.
Keep exposure to others to minimum by keeping onlookers, as well as eatables, away from the work area.
Don’t use compressed air for cleaning because it blows powder into the air.
Don’t use a regular dry/wet vacuum without a HEPA filter to vacuum dust. It allows invisible particles of clutch or brake powder to stay in the air and on your body and clothes for a long time after the job.
Don’t clean clutches or brakes with a wet or dry brush, dry rag or garden hose.
Don’t take work clothes inside the home or track powder through the house after doing the clutch or brake work to avoid exposing your family to powder particles that may consist of asbestos.
What to Do Upon Asbestos Exposure?
You can have asbestos in a car you or your forefathers had imported and you may be unknowingly exposed to asbestos during its maintenance.
If you come to know that you’ve had asbestos exposure, immediately visit your doctor and follow their instructions and start treatment.
Take due care about asbestos exposure while importing a car to Australia and you can enjoy riding the car in a true sense.