Posted on February 16, 2021
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. Global Asbestos Awareness Week (GAAW) brings together experts and victims from around the world to share, learn, and take action. The week features daily educational resources from leading organizations, including guest blogs, videos, and asbestos victims’ stories. It will end on April 7 with an online candlelight vigil.
Asbestos is a known carcinogen and there is no safe level of exposure. Throughout the 19th century, this mineral was widely used in construction, shipbuilding, and the automotive industry. In fact, asbestos can be found in homes, schools, workplaces, on consumer shelves and around superfund sites. Currently, over 40,000 Americans die each year due to asbestos-caused diseases. Prevention is our focus this week as we remember: “Hear Asbestos. Think Prevention.”
We are delighted to collaborate with our 2021 GAAW Partners for Prevention: Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (@IOSH_tweets), Environmental Information Association (@EIA_USA), and the Mavis Nye Foundation (@MavisNye). Join the conversation online by using #2021GAAW and follow daily content by using the hashtag #2021GAAW.
Stay tuned for more information and updates regarding the upcoming Global Asbestos Awareness Week! We look forward to a week of exciting and educational content to help prevent asbestos exposure to eliminate all asbestos-caused diseases.
Together, we make change possible.