In September 2015, we learned that asbestos had been found in children’s crayons branded with Frozen and Mickey Mouse characters. The ACCC also confirmed that asbestos was found in some childrens’ art crayons and Peppa Pig branded crayons. More than 10 months later, it is understood that the ACCC have conducted no further testing of crayons for asbestos fibres.
Asbestos is the subject of continual media attention as a result of the deadly fibres being found in illegally dumped sheeting, DIY renovations and imported construction-related products. Despite the asbestos importation ban in 2003, this continued exposure cultivates concerns of a “fourth wave” of asbestos disease sufferers – those who are unknowingly exposed to asbestos containing products.
Sadly, asbestos is not a thing of the past. The risk continues to raise its head in all different ways, which poses the question – what rights do people have if they cannot identify the source of their exposure?
Who would have thought that our kids’ crayons or school playgrounds would be linked to asbestos? Thankfully, we have dedicated organisations like Asbestos Council of Victoria/GARDS who support sufferers but also play a very active role in educating us all on the ongoing threat posed by asbestos.
As they say – there is no safe level of exposure.
Have you been affected by an asbestos related injury? Contact Bree Knoester on (03) 9321 9879 to book your obligation free appointment.