A South Australian company has imported more than 8000 sheets of cement board into Australia from China, believed to be contaminated with deadly asbestos fibres.
There are now growing concerns that building material may have already been used on construction sites across the nation, exposing workers and the Australian public to contamination.
The cement sheets were imported between 2010 and 2011 and were believed to have been free from asbestos. However late last year it was discovered that the boards were tainted with asbestos.
Amid concerns for the health and safety of workers, authorities reminded everyone that ensuring asbestos is not used domestically or imported into Australia is a collective responsibility for importers, industry and government agencies.