One of the imported products that contains traces of asbestos.
One of the imported products that contains traces of asbestos.

Crayons pulled from shelves after found to contain asbestos

A RENEWED warning has been issued today after a traces of asbestos were found in some imported crayons. 

The Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities Imported Materials with Asbestos Working Group has issued an alert regarding the sale of crayons within Australia that have been found to contain trace amounts of the carcinogen.

The crayon products in which asbestos has been identified are as follows:

  • Dora the Explorer Personalized 32 pack crayons 
  • Dora the Explorer Jumbo crayons 
  • Arti Crafti 16 piece crayons 
  • Peppa Pig 8 wax crayons 
  • Disney 'Frozen' Jumbo Crayons 
  • Disney 'Mickey Mouse and Friends' Crayons
  Officeworks pulled these products from the shelves after Friday's alert.

The nearest asbestos disposal facility can be located on the ASEA website: https://asbestossafety.gov.au/search-disposal-facilities.

Alternatively, you can return the crayons to the store where they were purchased and receive a refund or a replacement with an asbestos-free product.

According to the Government's Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency, the traces of asbestos that have been detected in the crayons are fully bound in the crayon wax.

"Studies have shown that as a result, asbestos fibres would not be released during normal use or as a result of ingestion. This is because the melting point of crayon wax is well above body temperature. Accordingly, these goods are considered to pose a very low risk to humans," says a statement on their website.

"Despite the low risk, the Australian Government as well as state and territory governments are taking a precautionary and coordinated approach to this incident, through the HWSA Imported Materials with Asbestos Working Group." 


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