Global Asbestos Awareness Week planned for April 1-7

5 Mar 2018 by under Events, News

1024px The Earth seen from Apollo 17 100x100 Global Asbestos Awareness Week planned for April 1 7The 14th annual Global Asbestos Awareness Week (GAAW) has been scheduled for April 1-7, 2018, according to the Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), an education, advocacy and community action group.

The week focuses on awareness and prevention with each day featuring different educational resources from leading organizations, blogs, videos and asbestos victims’ stories, some of which have been translated into six different languages for global distribution. The week culminates on April 7 with an online worldwide candlelight vigil.

This year’s event has four focuses:

  • Banning the mining, manufacturing and use of asbestos;
  • Preventing asbestos exposure;
  • Increasing compliance and enforcement of existing laws and regulations; and
  • Strengthening international partnerships.

The Global Asbestos Awareness Week will be promoted through 30-second animated public service announcement videos, titled The Killer You Can’t See, that capture the tragic reality about deadly asbestos. The video is available in English as well as Russian, Hindi, Portuguese, French and Spanish with a goal of reaching new populations, especially those in nations that continue to mine, use and export asbestos.

“The simple truth is asbestos kills and prevention remains the only cure. Asbestos-caused diseases like can take years, even decades, to kill, but the hidden risk of asbestos fibers only takes a few heartbeats to tell,” said Linda Reinstein, a widow and ADAO co-founder.

Asbestos is a known carcinogen and exposure can lead to serious lung problems including malignant mesothelioma, a rare and deadly cancer of the tissue that lines the lungs, stomach, heart and other organs. Asbestos has been widely used in construction, shipbuilding, and the automotive industry throughout much of the late 20th century.

Source: Asbestos Disease Awareness

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