Senate marks this week as National Asbestos Awareness Week

3 Apr 2017 by under News

GHS pictogram silhouette 100x100 Senate marks this week as National Asbestos Awareness WeekThe has declared April 1-7, 2017, as National Awareness Week in its 13th annual resolution, according to the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). The resolution received bipartisan support and seeks to “raise public awareness about the prevalence of asbestos-related diseases and the dangers of asbestos exposure,” Senate Resolution 98 states.

The resolution highlights the continued use of asbestos in the United States, which consumes tons of the fibrous mineral each year. In it, the Senate resolved to urge “the Surgeon General of the United States to warn and educate people about the public health issue of asbestos exposure, which may be hazardous to their health.” Linda Reinstein, president and co-founder of ADAO, who sponsored the resolution, praised its passage: “Each year, up to 15,000 Americans die from preventable asbestos-caused diseases while imports continue. Undoubtedly, the resolution’s momentum and U.S. Surgeon General’s asbestos warning will raise awareness and save lives. Now, more than ever, it’s crucial to raise asbestos awareness to ensure the American public understands that this is not an issue of the past.”

Asbestos is a group of six silicate minerals that were once used in a variety of construction and production materials. Though its usage has decreases since its health risks have been discovered, the United States has still not banned the substance as more than 50 other countries, including the European Union, have done.

This year ADAO has partnered with UK-based public relations firm the McOnie Agency to translate educational material into six languages for international distribution.


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