Guest Blog: “UK Victims Call Time on Global Asbestos Use” by Richard Clarke


ADAO is pleased to share a guest blog from Richard Clarke, General Manager of the United Kingdom’s National Asbestos Helpline (NAH). The NAH has launched an incredibly innovative petition campaign, which literally gives a face to the victims of asbestos.  Please take a minute to sign one or all four of the active global ban asbestos petitions online at “ADAO Action.”

UK Victims Call Time on Global Asbestos Use

Today, with widespread availability of medical research and the living proof of those diagnosed with asbestos-caused disease, there is no excuse for companies or governments sanctioning the continued production of this indiscriminate killer. Yet, asbestos continues to be mined, traded, and used around the world – placing countless people at risk.

The scale of asbestos disease across the United Kingdom warrants global concern. The UK’s National Asbestos Helpline joins ADAO in calling for an immediate global asbestos ban.

This year we launch a UK-wide initiative ‘Lobbying for Life’ petition supporting the unified call for a global Asbestos ban. We ask those who have been affected to put a face and a name to this issue, and sign the petition. The petition will include photos of the signatories to show the government what asbestos looks like.

When we reach 1000 signatures, we will send our petition photo book to ADAO, and personally present it to the UK Government. It is our responsibility to take a step further than  declaring asbestos a human health hazard- it is our responsibility to show real people are harmed by asbestos.  These stories are powerful – and they can effect change.

Richard Clarke, General Manager