Posted on April 2, 2015
Each year, ADAO dedicates April 1-7 to increasing awareness of asbestos and preventing exposure by bringing together experts and victims from around the world to share, learn, and take action. To view all 7 days of Global Asbestos Awareness Week (GAAW) contributors and content on our landing page, please click here.
This day of Global Asbestos Awareness Week is dedicated to Michael, a 29-year-old mesothelioma warrior from the U.S. who lost his courageous battle in 2014. Click here to read his story, “Asbestos Has Changed My Life.”
Since ADAO’s founding in 2004, we have worked with members of the Senate to unanimously pass 11 asbestos awareness week resolutions and three official asbestos warnings, all in an effort to protect the American public from asbestos exposure and disease. ADAO is pleased to announce that the U.S. Senate recently passed the bipartisan 11th Annual “National Asbestos Awareness Week Resolution.” This important educational week raises public awareness about the prevalence of asbestos-related diseases and the dangers of asbestos exposure and coincides with the international educational campaign, Global Asbestos Awareness Week.
In 2014, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) applauded Acting U.S. Surgeon General Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak for issuing a statement about the dangers of asbestos. We are thrilled to announce that today, on this day we dedicate to past and future Resolutions and Statements, the U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy issued a Statement on National Asbestos Awareness Week 2015!
As stated by the U.S. Surgeon General in the recently released 2015 Statement, “National Asbestos Awareness Week is April 1-7 – a good time to remind Americans about the health dangers of asbestos exposure. Asbestos, a natural mineral fiber that is found in rock and soil, was widely used as insulation and fireproofing material in homes, commercial buildings, ships and other products, such as paints and car brakes. In recent years, asbestos use has decreased dramatically after it was linked to illnesses, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis…Because of its use in so many products, asbestos is still of special concern for anyone who works in construction – or who might be in a position to disturb asbestos found in older homes, buildings or equipment. The danger comes from inhaling the tiny fibers or dust released into the air once asbestos has been disturbed or damaged.”
The U.S. Surgeon General statements and the Senate resolutions are critical in order to protect public health. We would like to thank the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General for their statements for National Asbestos Awareness in 2009, 2013, 2014….and now 2015!
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U.S. Surgeon General Asbestos Awareness Week Statements:
U.S. Senate Asbestos Resolutions:
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Each year, upon the passage of the U.S. Senate’s “National Asbestos Awareness Week” Resolution, in addition to a week of awareness, the Senate “urges the Surgeon General of the United States to warn and educate people about the public health issue of asbestos exposure, which may be hazardous to their health.”