Gas masks with asbestos breathing devices

Gas masks that contain asbestos are banned from supply in Australia.

About the ban

This ban applies to gas masks for use and to collectable gas masks. It is illegal for businesses to sell gas masks containing asbestos, even if they advertise them as collectable items.

A gas mask is a piece of breathing equipment that usually consists of a full-face shield, a hose and a detachable metal canister containing an asbestos filter.

Complying with the ban

Consumer Protection Notice No. 17 of 1993 sets out the requirements of this ban.

Enforcement

Failure to supply compliant products can result in the ACCC taking action, culminating in:

  • infringement notices of $10 200 for companies and $2040 for individuals
  • court enforceable undertakings
  • disqualification from being a company director
  • court action with penalties up to $1.1m for companies or $220 000 for individuals
  • recall of product.

See: Penalties & consequences.