Posted on September 8, 2014
“Australia has one of the highest incidence rates of mesothelioma in the world.” (Leigh & Driscoll 2002)
The Australian Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) will host its 1st International Conference on Asbestos Awareness and Management on November 16-18, 2014 in Melbourne. I am delighted to join Dr. Richard Lemen, Dr. Ken Takahashi, Laurie Kazan-Allen, and other speakers at the ASEA conference.
Australia remains a leader in preventing asbestos exposure. Following their 2003 ban of asbestos, Australia has built an extensive system to protect its citizens from this carcinogen as seen in their National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Awareness and Management. This forward thinking plan serves as a model many of us would like to emulate in our countries. I can’t help but think about how things would be different in the United States if we too had legislation and a serious national effort.
Mr. Peter Tighe, ASEA Chief Executive Officer said, “November is (Australia’s) National Asbestos Awareness Month and the agency has organised a conference featuring well renowned international experts in asbestos management, health, advocacy and governance to challenge delegates into thinking how Australia can drive change in our region and globally when it comes to the continued manufacturing and distribution of asbestos containing materials.
This event will provide a stimulating and entertaining environment for delegates and stakeholders to discuss the big issues facing them in raising awareness about the dangers of asbestos in our work and domestic environment and how it can be managed into the future.”
ADAO sends our gratitude and support to the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency as they continue to raise awareness and action to protect public health.