The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is commemorating Global Asbestos Awareness Week by focussing on prevention. The tagline throughout the world is:
“HEAR Asbestos? THINK Prevention!™”
Approximately 125 million people globally are exposed to asbestos where they work according to the World Health Organization. Of those, 107,000 people die each year due to this exposure.
This push towards prevention awareness is timed well as the US Senate is currently discussing our chemical safety laws and that includes asbestos. The United States has yet to ban asbestos. If you agree that its use in this country should be discontinued, contact your senators to let them know you want stronger safety laws. To prevent mesothelioma in the future, it’s critical to stop the use of asbestos now.
From April 1st to April 7th, go to the ADAO website every day to learn more about asbestos and mesothelioma as well as find stories of Mesothelioma Warriors to read and share. We must continue the research to extend life – and cure – these life-threatening asbestos diseases, but we must also do all we can to prevent asbestos ever affecting another person with its deadly fibers.