Why we mark Global Asbestos Awareness Week

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Banner showing asbestos danger as part of Global Asbestos Awareness WeekWith other health and safety organisations around the world, EP Risk Consultancy is marking April 1 – 7 as Global Asbestos Awareness Week.

Each year, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organisation (ADAO) dedicates a week to increasing awareness of asbestos and preventing exposure by bringing together experts and victims from around the world to share, learn, and take action.

Asbestos is a known carcinogen and there is no safe level of exposure. Throughout the 19th century, this mineral was widely used in construction, shipbuilding and the automotive industry.

Without a ban, asbestos remains legal and lethal in nearly 70% of the world. It continues to kill more than 200,000 people globally each year, though each of these deaths is preventable. Prevention is the focus of ADAO this week, with the message: “Hear Asbestos. Think Prevention.”

Global Asbestos Awareness Week is dedicated to educating people about the risk of asbestos and how to manage it in order to prevent asbestos-caused diseases.

While promising research continues, prevention remains the only cure.

When it comes to asbestos and mesothelioma, knowledge truly is power. This week is about delivering that power. ADAO seeks to equip people with the tools they need to protect themselves while it works for preventative legislation and a cure.

This year’s week will focus on:

  • Banning the mining, manufacturing, and use of asbestos
  • Preventing asbestos exposure through education and awareness
  • Increasing compliance and enforcement of existing laws and regulations

Consultants at EP Risk can help your business or organisation tackle this subject through the regular asbestos awareness courses conducted at our training centre in Huddersfield. Please contact us for more information.