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CERAMIC CENTRED GAUZE MATS USED WITH TRIPODS AND BUNSEN BURNERS

14 November 2018

The Department of Education, Western Australia (the Department) has been informed that mesh gauze mats with ceramic centres containing tremolite asbestos were supplied to schools in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.  It is understood the mats in question originate from China.  

The Department contacted several suppliers of gauze mats to schools in
Western Australia, requesting certification from a National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA).

The Certificate of Analysis in accordance with AS4964-2004 provided by the majority of suppliers confirms “No asbestos detected” using polarised light microscopy (PLM) and dispersion staining.  Of the different types of asbestos, amosite, crocidolite and chrysotile were tested using this technique.  Testing to detect the presence of tremolite asbestos requires scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and was not previously a specific test requirement. 

Download more information and the safe operating procedures.

CERAMIC CENTRED GAUZE MATS USED WITH TRIPODS AND BUNSEN BURNERS
http://det.wa.edu.au/curriculumsupport/detcms/school-support-programs/curriculum-support/news-items/ceramic-centred-gauze-mats-used-with-tripods-and-bunsen-burners.en

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