The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) which works to help ensure justice for asbestos victims and was founded by asbestos victims and their families, has announced Global Asbestos Awareness Week April 1-7, 2016. Since its inception in 2004, ADAO has worked with the U.S. Senate to unanimously pass twelve Asbestos Awareness Week Resolutions and secured four U.S. Surgeon General asbestos warnings in an effort to prevent asbestos exposure and thus reduce and eventually wipe out asbestos-related diseases.
Asbestos, even though known for its toxicity, kills around 5000 workers each year. It causes Mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening. Approximately 100,000 people in the United States have died, or got affected by Asbsestos. During the WWII Asbestose industry was at its peak. Thousands of tons of asbestos were used in World War II ships to insulate piping, steam engines and turbines. As per Wikipedia, there were approximately 4.3 million shipyard workers in the United States during WWII; for every 1,000 workers about 14 died of mesothelioma.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 107,000 workers around the world will die every year of an asbestos-related disease, equalling 300 deaths per day.
Although in the European Union and Australia it has been banned as a potential health hazard and is likely to get banned in Japan soon, Asbestos is still used in nearly 70 percent of the world.
The principle points of focus of this year’s Global Asbestos Awareness Week are:
1. Banning the mining, manufacturing, and use of asbestos
2. Preventing asbestos exposure
3. Increasing compliance and enforcement of existing laws and regulations
WHO states that to eliminate asbestos, one of the public health actions is recognizing that the most efficient way to eliminate asbestos-related diseases is to stop the use of all types of asbestos, and ADAO focuses on the same.
Each day will feature educational resources from leading organizations, guest blogs, videos, and stories of asbestos victims.
As per the Business Wire, The week culminates on April 7th with an online candlelit vigil and the publication of the 2016 Global Ban Asbestos Declaration.
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