Today – Wednesday, April 1, 2015 – kicks off Global Asbestos Awareness Week! This year, it is estimated that more than 107,000 people will die from asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis due to exposure at work. This does not count the thousands of individuals that will die due to exposure in their homes and communities.
Spreading awareness is the main goal of Global Asbestos Awareness Week. Not only are Americans still exposed to asbestos every day, but countries like India still import and use the substance as a building material for housing and commercial construction. They still value the materials today for the same reasons America did not too long ago: it is strong and durable, heat- and fire-resistant, insulating, and affordable.
Just because asbestos is cheap does not mean it is safe. Deadly diseases, like mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer, can occur years or decades after exposure. Victims are often workers who handle the substance on a daily basis, either building, repairing, or demolishing structures that contain asbestos products. It is estimated that 125 million people in the world are exposed to asbestos at the workplace.
This week, won’t you help us spread asbestos awareness? There is a lot of information that every corner of the world could benefit from receiving. Check our Facebook page every day as we highlight seven facts for seven days, and visit the ADAO website to find more ways to get involved.