Commercial building materials at risk from heavy metals in building materials
A new report has revealed that commercial building materials are at risk of contamination from heavy metal contamination.
Key points:The report says the contamination of commercial building material could lead to serious health impactsKey points Australian Building Industry Association (ABIA) says it has received no warning about the potential contamination of building materials by heavy metalsThe report, released today, found the levels of metals in commercial building products in Australia were “significant and widespread”The report found that commercial buildings are increasingly being constructed with materials from China, India and the Middle East.
“In many cases, the materials used to build these buildings are derived from China and India,” the report found.
“These materials can have been contaminated by heavy metal contaminants that have been detected in these building materials and the materials can also contain lead and copper, which are carcinogenic in humans.”
The report said the contamination could lead “to serious health risks” for people and animals.
“Heavy metals and other contaminants may have been used to manufacture some commercial building and commercial furniture products, such as aluminium sheeting, as well as some building materials such as concrete,” the ABIA said in a statement.
“There are significant and widespread contamination risks from the manufacture of these building and other commercial products.”
As a result, a lack of notification and adequate research and awareness by both governments and industry is critical to ensuring that commercial materials are manufactured in accordance with environmental and health standards.
“It also said it has been “taken aback” by the level of contamination in building and residential products and that the findings have raised concerns about the level and safety of the material used to make these products.”[This] suggests the potential for further contamination of these products, particularly in areas such as manufacturing and retail trade, with the potential to pose significant health and safety risks to humans and other animals,” the study said.’
Cannot be trusted’The report highlighted concerns that the “unchecked use of chemicals and materials to manufacture building materials could pose a health risk to people and wildlife”.”
The increased use of heavy metals is likely to result in significant environmental and human health risks,” it said.”
The increase in industrial use of building and building products from China is the primary cause of the increased heavy metal concentrations in these products.
“It said that in Australia, the risk of exposure to metals is “unprecedented” and is “at risk of increasing” if the materials were to become more widespread.”
Industrial use of these materials is increasing globally, but it is not clear how widespread the risks are in Australia,” it added.
The report also said the use of materials from the Middle Eastern countries in building products could be a concern.”
This increased use in the Middle east and North Africa is likely not only to result from increased demand for building materials from these countries, but also from increased human and animal welfare risks as the use may be carried out in conditions of forced labour, as in the case of labour camps,” the agency said.
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