Recently, a number of sea containers have arrived at Australian ports contaminated with Chrysotile Asbestos in its raw form. This is due to the transportation of raw mined asbestos from countries that continue to use asbestos in their manufacturing processes. As a result, sea containers transported from countries without strict quarantine laws may not be properly decontaminated prior to arrival into Australia.
Sea containers are used for a variety of reasons other than transportation including storage and temporary site management requirements.
Coffey recommends all site or property based sea containers should be inspected as soon as practical in order to prevent possible inadvertent asbestos exposures to workers, staff and contractors.