June 15, 2016, the New Zealand Ministry of the Environment announced that the New Zealand government will ban the import of products containing asbestos, the ban will be October 1 this year, the formal implementation. Imports of asbestos raw materials have been banned in New Zealand, and the ban is now extended to products containing asbestos (with the exception of a few exemptions).
According to a list of the New Zealand Ministry of the Environment in 2014, asbestos is no longer imported for reasons such as construction and other places where the public may be exposed, but still because of some professional products such as gaskets, seals and brake pads and other reasons The
The government recognizes that there are some special uses that can not be replaced by the product. For this reason, some areas will be granted an import license, but the scope of the license will be very limited and the importer will need to be well managed without risk of exposure, The license is mainly for vintage machinery, small antique aircraft and vessel maintenance and other specific applications.
Asbestos as a carcinogen, the human body and the environment will cause harm, in order to control the asbestos, the world has more than 40 countries and regions designated the relevant asbestos ban, are:
Asbestos is a silicate mineral product with high tensile strength, high flexibility, chemical resistance and thermal erosion, electrical insulation and spinnability. It is a general term for six commercially available natural fiber minerals, including serpentine Asbestos, amphibole asbestos, actinolite asbestos, amphibole asbestos, asbestos, trestone asbestos and so on. Asbestos is composed of fiber bundles, and fiber bundles are composed of very long and very fine fibers that can be separated from each other.
Asbestos itself is not poisoned, its greatest harm comes from its fiber, which is a very small, almost invisible fibers, when these small fibers are inhaled into the body, will be attached and deposited in the lungs, resulting in Pulmonary disease has been recognized by the International Cancer Research Center for carcinogens