Asbestos Awareness PSA highlights ‘killer you can’t see’

9 Mar 2018 by under News

asbestos warning 100x100 Asbestos Awareness PSA highlights killer you cant seeA 30-second public service announcement (PSA) video, “Asbestos: The Killer You Can’t See,” captures the tragic reality about deadly through hand-drawn animation by Chocolate Moose Media. The PSA reveals how a young girl loses her father to , highlighting the insidious and nearly invisible fibers that caused his death.

“I want to show you what killed my father. Do you see it? No?” a young girl’s voice asks in the video. “Come closer. I can’t see it either. It’s a tiny fiber called asbestos.”

The PSA was created to promote the 14th annual Global Asbestos Awareness Week, scheduled for April 1-7, 2018. The week is dedicated to awareness and prevention of asbestos disease, with each day featuring educational resources from leading organizations, guest blogs, videos, and asbestos victims’ stories. The PSA and other materials are available in English and five other languages – Russian, Hindi, Portuguese, French, and Spanish – in an effort to reach new populations, especially nations who continue to mine, use, and export asbestos.

This year’s Global Asbestos Awareness Week will focus on 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 Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) has also used the week as an opportunity to unanimously pass 13 Asbestos Awareness Week Resolutions in the U.S. Senate and secure five U.S. Surgeon General asbestos warnings.

Asbestos is a known carcinogen and is linked to rare and deadly malignant . For decades, it was widely used in construction, shipbuilding, and the automotive industry. Nearly 200,000 people die each year from preventable asbestos-caused diseases. Yet, asbestos remains legal.

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

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