Global Asbestos Awareness Week 2019

This year’s Global Asbestos Awareness Week (01-07 April 2019) aims to increase awareness of asbestos and prevent exposure by bringing together experts and victims from around the world to share, learn and take action.

The week is organised by IOSH’s No Time to Lose (NTTL) campaign supporter – the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the largest independent non-profit in the U.S dedicated to preventing asbestos exposure, eliminating asbestos-related diseases, and protecting asbestos victims’ civil rights through education, advocacy, and community initiatives.

Asbestos is the biggest cause of occupational cancer, claiming hundreds of thousands of lives a year worldwide. In Britain alone, around 5,000 people die from work-related asbestos exposure.

These cancers are preventable. Our NTTL campaign provides free information on how to protect people from this deadly carcinogen.

To support ADAO during Global Asbestos Awareness Week, IOSH Chief Executive Bev Messinger will be presenting NTTL at its 15th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference, in Washington DC, on 06 April 2019.

Bev said: “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 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 looking forward to presenting our campaign at ADAO’s ‘International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference’, and encourage everyone to download, use and share resources to help spread the word during Global Asbestos Awareness Week, so we can prevent asbestos exposure risks together.”

Get involved in Global Asbestos Awareness Week in the following ways: