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  • 1 April 2015
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Asbestos Awareness Week dedicated to campaign “Hear Asbestos. Think Prevention”

Last year, Linda Reinstein, President/CEO, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) produced a blog post for us in the lead up the Global Asbestos Awareness Week 2014, and again this year, Linda has offered her views as Global Asbestos Awareness Week kicks off today.

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is pleased to be launching Global Asbestos Awareness Week (GAAW) for the 11th year in a row. ADAO is dedicated to education, advocacy, and community support, and this week (1-7 April, 2015) is a critical element of our organisation’s efforts to spread awareness about asbestos and asbestos-related diseases by highlighting critical, cutting-edge information from an expert and mesothelioma warrior each day of the week, encouraging countries still using asbestos to ban its mining and use, and helping to prevent asbestos exposure in homes and workplaces. We have dedicated this week to our campaign, “Hear Asbestos. Think Prevention."™ The information from this week can and will save lives, so please share it amongst your friends and colleagues! You can find the press release here and schedule of events here.

Asbestos is a known human carcinogen with no safe level of exposure, yet it is still widely imported and used around the world. As Acting U.S. Surgeon, General Boris Lushniak told ADAO:

“The asbestos issue is not a thing of the past. It continues to this day.” 

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 107,000 people die every year around the world due to asbestos exposure. We know that our homes, schools, workplaces, and commerce contain asbestos to this day, and asbestos is still not banned in the U.S., or in many countries around the world. Asbestos remains the biggest workplace cancer, yet is still actively mined and used. The unforgivable truth is the only 25% of the world has banned this deadly mineral, and the USA and Canada aren’t on this list.

Even scarier, most everyday citizens are not aware of asbestos, its dangers, or how to safely identify it or have it removed.

Join the global efforts – make change happen – do one or all four of these action items:

Share your story: Take to social media, to community meetings, to relationships with friends and colleagues. Make sure everyone you know is educated about the dangers of asbestos we face due to the lack of a ban and a lack of awareness.

Share the message: Be consistent with sharing every day of GAAW, held from 1-7 April, and connect professionally with a global community with a common cause. Each day will feature information and educational resources, and highlight leading organisations. Use this opportunity to further health and safety globally.

Share the graphic: Thanks to The McOnie Agency, we have a great GAAW graphic. Use this graphic to get the conversation started and ignite collaboration.

Join the conversation: Start and/or join the "Hear Asbestos. Think Prevention." TM conversation with your colleagues and employees - especially, if you work in an industry that is particularly vulnerable to asbestos exposure. This is an opportunity to start the conversation and educate others. And please tweet me at @Linda_ADAO.