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Global Asbestos Awareness Week: “Hear Asbestos. Think Prevention.” by Linda Reinstein, Mesothelioma Widow and Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Cofounder

During April 1- 7, we will gather for the 13th Global Asbestos Awareness Week (GAAW) to embrace education, advocacy, and community support, and to dedicate seven entire days of collective efforts to raising awareness about the dangers of asbestos. 

Asbestos is a known carcinogen and there is no safe level of exposure. Since the 19th century, asbestos was widely used in construction, shipbuilding, and the automotive industry. Asbestos remains legal and lethal in the USA and in an estimated 70 percent of countries around the world. This year, we’re partnering with The McOnie Agency, a U.K.- based public relations firm, to translate our GAAW materials into Spanish, French, Hindi, Italian, Portuguese, and Russian for distribution to a wide international audience. 

This year’s Global Asbestos Awareness Week focus and goals includes:

1. Banning the mining, manufacturing, and use of asbestos

2. Preventing asbestos exposure

3. Increasing compliance and enforcement of existing laws and regulations

4. Strengthening international partnerships


The Irrefutable Facts

One of the leading culprits of preventable workplace deaths is exposure to asbestos. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that each year “more than 107,000 people die from asbestos-related diseases resulting from occupational exposures.” Exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma, lung, gastrointestinal, colorectal, laryngeal, and ovarian cancers; as well as non-malignant lung and pleural disorders.

While evidence is clear that there is no safe level of asbestos, exposure to asbestos continues. The WHO also found that approximately “125 million people in the world are exposed to asbestos at the workplace.”


2017 GAAW Schedule

Day ONE – April 1: World Health Organization and Elimination of Asbestos-Related Disease 

Day TWO – April 2: Art-Based Advocacy Puts Asbestos Awareness in the Spotlight

Day THREE – April 3: Preventing Asbestos Exposure || “Hear Asbestos. Think Prevention.” 

Day FOUR – April 4: Asbestos Awareness Week Champions of Change

Day FIVE – April 5: International Workers’ Memorial Day – April 28

Day SIX – April 6: Australian People for Health and Education Development Abroad (APHEDA) Campaign “Asbestos: Not Here, Not Anywhere”

Day SEVEN – April 7: Candle Light Vigil to Honor and Remember Asbestos Victims Worldwide


Join the conversation and be part of the solution by help us spread the word about asbestos. Follow us @environmentales, @linda_ADAO and @McOnieAgency on Twitter and remember to use the hashtag #2017GAAW.


As ADAO says,  “Hear Asbestos. Think Prevention.”



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