Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Resources

 United States Senate Staff Briefing: July 11, 2013

Washington, D.C.

ADAO Resources 

ADAO Senate Staff Briefing Speakers

  • Dr. Richard Lemen, Former Assistant Surgeon General, United States (ret). ADAO Science Advisory Board Co-Chair — Epidemiology: Understanding How Asbestos Causes Diseases
  • Dr. Raja Flores, Chief of Division of Thoracic Surgery, The Mount Sinai Medical Center — Treating Mesothelioma and Other Asbestos-Caused Diseases
  • Tom Laubenthal, Technical Chief, The Environmental Institute — EPA (TSCA) and OSHA Regulatory Framework and Concerns
  • Dr. Barry Castleman, Environmental Consultant — Asbestos in Chlor-Alkali Industry
  • Ellen Patton, Mesothelioma Patient — A Patient’s Mesothelioma Journey
  • Linda Reinstein, President and Co-Founder, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization — Asbestos Exposure throughout the U.S.: Imports, Natural Disasters, and the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (S. 1009)


Important Links

Top Five Asbestos Facts

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

2. Only 55 countries have banned asbestos. The United States and Canada are the only two industrial western nations not to ban asbestos

3. Top 5 asbestos producers reported by USGS: Russia (1,000,000), China (400,000), Brazil (270,000), Kazakhstan (214,000) and Canada (100,000) *metric tons

4. Top 5 asbestos users reported by USGS: China (613,760), India (426,363), Russia (263,037), Brazil (139,153) and Indonesia (111,848) *metric tons

5. More than 107,000 people die each year from asbestos-related diseases


ADAO 1-Minute PSA: “Asbestos Kills”


ADAO Graphic: “Identifying Asbestos in Your Home”

Asbestos can be found in many places you never thought it could be. Take a look at the places asbestos fibers are commonly found in the home.

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