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Featured on April 4, 2019

Asbestos is a known carcinogen and there is no safe level of exposure.

Press Release (Hindi) द एस्बॅस्टस डिसीज़ अवेयरनेस ऑर्गेनाइज़ेशन (ADAO) 1-7 अप्रैल, 2019 को लॉन्च कर रही है 15वाँ वार्षिक “ग्लोबल एस्बॅस्टस अवेयरनेस वीक’’ छ: अलग-अलग भाषाओं में अनूदित, इस वर्ष का अभियान एक वैश्विक एस्बॅस्टस-मुक्त भविष्य की दिशा में किये जा रहे अपने कार्यों की पहुँच और विस्तृत कर रहा है

Each year, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (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) content, please click hereAlso, be sure to follow the conversation on social media with our GAAW hashtag: #2019GAAW.

Today, we’re highlighting ADAO’s fabulous collaborators, especially the organizations who offered early support behind the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act (ARBAN) of 2019. We’re also featuring the story of 2019 GAAW Day Four Ambassador: Mavis Nye. We’d like to take this opportunity to recognize the Mavis Nye Foundation for partnering for prevention.

For the last 15 years, ADAO has been managed out of a small home office in Manhattan Beach, California with fewer than a handful of people (and dogs) steering the ship. Despite these humble headquarters, our lean, mean organization has grown to a network of tens of thousands, and we’re leading the charge for legislative change. The one thing that makes this all possible is the power of collaboration.

From individual volunteers to partnering nonprofits, thousands contribute to ADAO’s progress toward a global asbestos ban. Fighting for asbestos prohibition has always been an uphill battle against deep-pocketed lobbyists and pro-asbestos propaganda, but a number of international organizations have stood with us through it all, fighting for our common goal.

For ADAO, it’s about more than just policy — it’s about collaborative prevention efforts, too.

For Day Four of Global Asbestos Awareness Week, we have teamed up with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) to bring you their “No Time to Lose” campaign.

IOSH Chief Executive Bev Messinger shared the following message:

“We’re proud to support ADAO’s Global Asbestos Awareness Week for the second year in a row. 

“Our No Time to Lose campaign tackles occupational cancer and has, for over four years now, provided free guidance about managing and eliminating exposure to carcinogens at work. The most dangerous of these is, of course, asbestos. We have focused No Time to Lose for the past year on this lethal carcinogen, working with Linda and ADAO as well as other bodies in the UK, Europe, Africa, North America and South East Asia to grow support for this campaign. I’m also looking forward to presenting our campaign at ADAO’s International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference, on Saturday 6 April.

“We encourage our No Time to Lose campaign supporters and ambassadors, our 47,000 IOSH members worldwide, and ADAO supporters to download, use and share resources to help spread the word during Global Asbestos Awareness Week so we can prevent asbestos exposure risks together.”

Today, IOSH is hosting a webinar called “Preventing Asbestos Exposure Risks” from 08:30–09:30 EDT, 12:30–13:30 GMT. ADAO will use our section of the event to discuss the themes and content of Global Asbestos Awareness Week, including prevention and management strategies for asbestos exposure.  

We would be remiss to not also express our sincere gratitude to the McOnie Agency, a premiere UK-based public relations firm that for the past few years has partnered with ADAO to help bring Global Asbestos Awareness Week to an international audience. Thank you, Team McOnie, for being such an important part of raising awareness worldwide.

Join the global conversation by connecting with @_NTTL, @McOnieAgency, and @Linda_ADAO on Twitter, and remember to use #2019GAAW in your tweets and Facebook posts.

Together, we make change happen.

Linda Reinstein
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