Global Asbestos Awareness Week 1-7 April 2017
This week (1-7 April) is the 13th Global Asbestos Awareness Week, organized by the ADAO, America’s Asbestos Disease Awareness Organisation. The non-profit organisation was set up to raise awareness of the dangers of the material and, eventually, to eradicate its use globally.
Although still mistakenly considered a problem of the past, asbestos remains the number one single biggest workplace killer in the UK. The material was used in building work in the UK up until the late 1990’s and continues to wreak havoc on lives, not only those of construction workers, but also people who have simply been exposed to the substance such as teachers.
Despite being a known carcinogen, countries around the world continue to use the substance.
“It is unconscionable that Russia, China, Brazil, and Kazakhstan continue to mine 2 million metric tons of asbestos every year to be used primarily in asbestos-cement products. Even worse — the U.S. and other industrialised countries continue to import asbestos, bringing danger across our borders and contributing to international human rights violations” said ADAO Co-founder and President Linda Reinstein.
This year, the Global Asbestos Awareness Week campaign will feature key influencers, experts, and Partners for Prevention featuring, facts, art, movies, and more from all around the world.
Use the hashtag #2017GAAW & Help Spark the Global #Asbestos Awareness Conversation this week.
While asbestos exposure was recognised as an occupational health hazard in the early 1900s, our solicitors are still seeing workers with recent diagnoses as it can take years for asbestos symptoms to develop.
Roberts Jackson specialise in work-related conditions and industrial diseases. With a high level of experience managing asbestos claims and a rich understanding of health and safety regulations. The firm also retrieves asbestosis compensation for family members of workers who have been in contact with the fibres. Sadly, we find that the children or partners of exposed employees can also develop the respiratory condition after breathing in the substance on their loved one’s work clothes.
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