Posted on April, 1 2016
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.
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. Without a ban, asbestos remains legal and lethal in the USA and nearly 70% of the world today. Since founding the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) in 2004, we have worked with the U.S. Senate to unanimously pass 12 Asbestos Awareness Week Resolutions and secured four U.S. Surgeon General asbestos warnings in an effort to prevent exposure to eliminate deadly asbestos-caused diseases. Dedicated to awareness and prevention, during Global Asbestos Awareness Week, each day features educational resources from leading organizations, guest blogs, videos, and asbestos victims’ stories.
Building on strength and collaboration, this year’s Global Asbestos Awareness Week will focus on:
- Banning the mining, manufacturing, and use of asbestos
- Preventing asbestos exposure
- Increasing compliance and enforcement of existing laws and regulation
The week concludes on April 7th with an online candlelit vigil and the publication of the 2016 Global Ban Asbestos Declaration. Please sign and share the Global Asbestos Awareness Week Declaration for a Worldwide Asbestos Ban via the Google doc below by April 1, 2016. The list of “Global Asbestos Awareness Week Declaration for a Worldwide Asbestos Ban” signatories will be published on April 7, 2016. You can click here to sign the Google form and read the entire declaration by clicking here.
It is exciting to see the global community unite and collaborate for Global Asbestos Awareness Week. Thank you for joining us during this week of learning and community! Please follow the week via our website and through social media using #GAAW.
2016 GAAW Schedule
Day THREE – April 3: Quincy Jones, Mesothelioma Patient and Comedian, Raises Asbestos Awareness
Day FOUR – April 4: World Health Organization and Elimination of Asbestos-Related Disease and Video
Day FIVE – April 5: Find Out Where Asbestos Might Be Lurking in Your Home, Community, or Workplace
Day SIX – April 6: Remember the Dead and Fight Like Hell for the Living
Day SEVEN – April 7: Candle Light Vigil and 2016 Global Ban Asbestos Declaration
Mike’s Story “The Opportunity to Grow as a Person”
Check out our previous GAAW Content!
2015 || “Asbestos: Hear Asbestos. Think Prevention.” April 1-7, 2015 Global Asbestos Awareness Week http://bit.ly/1CWvsER
The History of Global Asbestos Awareness Week from April 1 – 7. Asbestos: One Word. One World. One Week. http://bit.ly/1zXBKkx
2014 || “Asbestos: One Word. One World. One Week.” April 1-7, 2014 Global Asbestos Awareness Week http://bit.ly/1sSl4Kr
2013 || “Asbestos: One Word. One World. One Week.” April 1 – 7, 2013 Global Asbestos Awareness Week http://bit.ly/15UgMRb
2012 || Preventing Asbestos Exposure: 7 Reasons for 7 Days –April 1 – 7, 2012 Global Asbestos Awareness Week http://bit.ly/H1bdUf
2011 | E x p o s e d – The Facts about Asbestos April 1 – 7, 2011 http://bit.ly/1UMWW8Q
2010 || National Asbestos Awareness Week April 1 – 7, 2010 http://bit.ly/1RV5QAr