The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) 13th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference touched on a variety of topics and included an array of speakers from the United States and abroad. Perhaps nothing more concisely stated the goals and purpose of the conference than the declaration attendees unanimously approved.
As attendees of the 13th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference, we call for global attention to the extraordinary toll of asbestos-related disease on families and communities. We urge government officials, faith leaders, scientists, health practitioners, trade unionists, business groups, employers, workers and the public to join in our call for the following:
- Institute a global ban on asbestos in all its forms.
- Defend and support the individuals and organizations across the globe who are campaigning for asbestos bans in their localities, states, nations and regions.
- Support the efforts by the Brazilian Senate to implement a national ban on asbestos.
- Ensure the Rotterdam Convention meeting, which will take place on April 24 through May 5, includes chrysotile asbestos on the prior informed consent list.
- Demand proper training and health protections for workers who are encountering, removing, disposing or handling in any other way asbestos-containing materials.
- Increase government oversight of potential exposure to asbestos and enforcement of asbestos laws and protections.
- Safeguard individuals who are involved in recovery and cleanup operations following tornadoes, hurricanes and other natural disasters from exposure to asbestos.
- Integrate information on the danger of asbestos in science and health classes for schoolchildren.
- Institute reforms so that compensation is swiftly provided for individuals who develop asbestos-related disease.
We make this declaration on April 8, 2017, upon the conclusion of Global Asbestos Awareness Week.
Attendees had the opportunity to actively participate in the conference’s theme, “Where Knowledge and Action Unite,” as the declaration gives a united voice for those fighting against asbestos exposure.