Asbestos detection in USG Boral plasterboard

15 October 2021

On Tuesday, 12 October this week, it was reported that USG Boral had advised their purchasers of a particular fire-rated plasterboard product of low levels of asbestos detected in the vermiculite ingredient at their Camellia site in Sydney.

UPDATE 20 October 2021

USG Boral have advised their customers that testing of their fire-resistant plasterboard products at all three of their Australian manufacturing facilities has detected no asbestos in any of their products. They also advised that numerous builders in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales undertook their own testing, which has also consistently returned results with no asbestos detected.

USG Boral have advised that their products have no asbestos contamination and are safe for use.

The previous recommendations to quarantine product are no longer in place and they can be released for sale/use.

15 October 2021

USG Boral advised further testing would be undertaken and requested purchasers quarantine the product until further notice was provided.

On Thursday, 14 October further advice was received that while further testing of samples from their facilities in Pinkenba in Queensland had not detected any trace of asbestos, USG Boral was planning to undertake further testing again. They continue to recommend customers with supplies of fire-rated plasterboard quarantine them and refrain from selling, distributing or using them until further notice.

These products include:

  • Firestop® Plasterboard
  • Fire Wetstop™ Plasterboard
  • Multistop™ Plasterboard range (3/3HI, 4/4HI, 5/5HI)
  • Shaftliner™ Mould Stop Plasterboard

USG Boral expect to provide further advice early next week.

Next steps

If you have the product on your site, we recommend you continue to follow the advice from USG Boral.

If in doubt, you can contact WorkSafe Queensland or the Master Builders WHS team for further advice.

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