Global Asbestos Awareness Week addresses asbestos exposure around the world

1 Apr 2015 by under Events, Organizations

Global Asbestos Awareness Week 100x100 Global Asbestos Awareness Week addresses asbestos exposure around the worldThe Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the largest independent victims’ organization in the U.S., has announced the beginning of Global Asbestos Awareness Week 2015, lasting from April 1-7.

Since the latter 19th century, asbestos has been used as a heat/fire-resistant binder in products ranging from building materials like cement sheeting and roof shingles to friction products including clutch housings and brake pads to even some household appliances like toasters and dishwashers. However, scientists have since discovered that asbestos is not only carcinogen, responsible for countless deaths across the globe, but there is no safe level of asbestos exposure.

When asbestos fibers have been inhaled or ingested by an unsuspecting bystander, it can lead to the development of , a deadly cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or, in rare cases, even the heart. There is no known cure for mesothelioma.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), asbestos exposure puts nearly 125 million workers around the world at risk regularly. About 107,000 of those workers will die as a result of the exposure. WHO and other agencies like it make it their duty to inform and educate as many individuals as possible of the risks associated with asbestos exposure.

Throughout Global Asbestos Awareness Week, efforts will be shifted onto the three following things:

  1. Banning the mining and usage of asbestos in countries where it is still legal;
  2. Preventing asbestos exposure in homes and workplaces;
  3. Increasing workers’ safety who could be exposed by supporting existing laws and regulations, and ensuring workers wear the proper protective equipment and decontaminate effectively to prevent exposure.

Each day of the Global Asbestos Awareness Week will highlight different up-to-date asbestos facts from the top education resources. The awareness week will come to an end April 7 with an online candlelight vigil honoring those who have lost their lives due to asbestos exposure.

For more information on Global Asbestos Awareness Week and how to become involved in initiating change in your area, visit the ADAO website at



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