National Asbestos Awareness Week 1st - 7th April 2013
- Date: Wednesday 3rd April 2013
The week of 1st April to 7th April is Global Asbestos Awareness week focusing on raising public awareness of the dangers of asbestos, a category 1 human carcinogen, and the diseases associated with exposure to asbestos such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer and more.
On March 18 2013, the US Senate passed a resolution to support a National Asbestos Awareness week in America . Global campaigners and support groups are supporting this effort to make 1st - 7th April "Global Asbestos Awareness Week".
According to the UK HSE asbestos exposure is responsible for 4,500 deaths a year in the UK and 107,000 deaths worldwide. Asbestos related diseases can take up to 30 years to appear after initial exposure. The death rate is split failry evenly between those working directly with asbestos and those with indirect or less obvious exposure such as teachers, surveyors, architects and the family members of tradesmen who have carried asbestos home on their clothing.
Whilst asbestos has been banned from use in many countries around the world there are still many who activley use it such as India, China, Brazil, Thailand and more. However the banning of asbestos has not eradicated the problem of exposure.
The legacy of 100 of years of asbestos use poses a daily threat to those who might disturb it such as tradesmen and DIYers and also to those who might be exposed in their workplace to old asbestos that is deteriorating such as in public buildings, schools, hospitals etc.
Asbestos is still a problem. Asbestos is still a killer. It has been predicted it could claim the lives of 2,000 ,000 people worldwide by 2030.
Raising awareness across all levels of industry and society is vital to protect ourselves and future generations who may falsely assume that asbestos no longer poses a threat.