Asbestos Awareness Week 1st-7th April 2014
The Global Asbestos Awareness Week returns for its 3rd year running at the start of April. Running from the 1st-7th April Asbestos Awareness Week hopes to promote the danger and awareness of asbestos in the modern world. The event is organised and ran by the ADAO Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization and is the largest independent asbestos victims’ organization in the U.S. It was founded in 2004 by two victims and their families as a way of promoting the dangers still present regarding Asbestos. ADAO is dedicated to preventing consumer, environmental and occupational asbestos caused diseases through international education, advocacy, and community initiatives. The charity notes that its three core principles are-
1) Education (Educating people about Asbestos)
2) Advocacy (Make a Global stand against Asbestos and its legality)
3) Community (Help Asbestos victims meet to share their knowledge)
In 2014 it is out of place to still be discussing asbestos as the danger it presents is well known throughout businesses and workplaces as a potential killer in many circumstances, however this isn’t the case and in many parts of the world asbestos is still legal and being used by workers. In the United Kingdom the asbestos ban has potentially reduced the amount of future sufferers however in the last two years there has been a rise in asbestos related disease due to the amount of time it takes for asbestos to affect the individual.
With weeks such as the Asbestos Awareness Week now becoming a globally recognised week it is ours and the ADAO hope that by continuing to spread awareness about asbestos that it is one day not a determining factor off someone’s health later in life.
The Weeks Schedule–
April 1: Linda Reinstein, “Asbestos: The Toxic Trade Continues.” ADAO Co-Founder shares the latest facts and stats about asbestos mining, manufacturing, and commerce.
April 2: Dr. Richard Lemen, “Asbestos: What Is It?” ADAO Scientific Advisory Board Co-Chair explains where asbestos is found and who might be in danger of being exposed.
April 3: Dr. Arthur Frank, “Why Is Asbestos Bad for My Health?” ADAO Scientific Advisory Board Co-Chair shares information about what you should do if you are diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease.
April 4: Dr. Ken Takahashi, “Toolkit for the Elimination of Asbestos-Related Diseases (ARDs).” Esteemed scientist and Acting Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Occupational Health in Japan shares his informational toolkit for tackling ARDs.
April 5: Keeping Workers Safe. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) listens and takes action with their NEW Asbestos Fact Sheet.
April 6: A Statement from the U.S. Surgeon General and Senate Resolution 336. Read and share the full statement on asbestos and find out about recent updates.
April 7: Mesothelioma Warriors Speak Out. ”Communication, Collaboration, and Action” is the theme of the closing day of Global Asbestos Awareness Week, featuring Mesothelioma Warrior blogs, stories, videos and songs. ADAO will end the Week with an Asbestos Victims’ Candlelight Vigil to honor and remember those sickened by preventable asbestos-caused diseases.
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