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April 1-7 2012 is Global Asbestos Awareness Week. Even though it's 2012, asbestos is still being mined and imported throughout the world. Asbestos can cause horrible cancers, such as mesothelioma.

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Global Asbestos Awareness Week: Kick Off

Apr 2, 2012

2012 marks the eight year for Asbestos Awareness Week. Thanks to the efforts of hard-working

organizations, like the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), asbestos awareness

has been growing. And people have been fighting back.

But despite all of the progress that has been made, more work needs to be done. Asbestos is still

not banned in the United States. Asbestos is still being mined and exported from Canada, though

the country has banned its use at home. India continues to import and use high amounts of

asbestos. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), hundreds of millions of people

around the world are still exposed to asbestos through their jobs. And with the material‟s

continued use, people will continue to suffer from asbestos diseases, such as mesothelioma, in

the coming decades.

Throughout this week, we will be standing with ADAO to help raise asbestos awareness. We

will be providing useful information to those suffering from asbestos diseases, their families and

others who are interested in learning more about the asbestos health crisis, so check back every

day this week for more information. You can also keep up with us through our Facebook page or

Twitter account and join in the conversation.

The mesothelioma law firm of Baron and Budd is a proud sponsor of the Asbestos Disease

Awareness Organization (ADAO) and Asbestos Awareness Week. The firm has dedicated more

than 30 years to protecting the rights of mesothelioma patients and their families.

Global Asbestos Awareness Week:

April 1: Candlelight Vigil and 7 Reasons for 7 Days

April 2: Global Asbestos Awareness Week Launch

April 3: Statement from the U.S. Surgeon General

April 4: British Lung Foundation

April 5: Workers Safety

April 6: Landmark Italian Criminal Asbestos Trial

April 7: Communication, Collaboration and Action from ADAO


Global Asbestos Awareness Week: U.S. Surgeon General

Apr 3, 2012

In 2009, the office of the U.S. Surgeon General urged every American to become more aware of

the dangers of asbestos exposure and to take steps to protect their health.

ADAO met with the Surgeon General on March 26. During their meeting, ADAO presented a

compelling and education slideshow on the dangers of asbestos. You can view the slideshow


In the U.S. alone, more than 10,000 people die each year from asbestos diseases, including

mesothelioma cancer. Despite the proven medical link between asbestos and mesothelioma,

banning the use of asbestos in the United States has been a difficult process. In the 1990s, many

countries adopted bans on the use and importation of asbestos, except for the U.S. and Canada.

Today, asbestos is banned in more than 55 countries, including all 25 nations in the European

Union. Yet, the U.S. and Canada remain the only developed nations that have not passed a ban.

Why no ban you ask? Well, there was one…sort of.

In 1989, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Asbestos Ban and Phase Out

Rule. However, seeing this as a serious threat to profits, some companies sued, and the rule was

later overturned by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1991. Despite this, a short list of

asbestos products remain banned under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the Clean

Air Act.

These products include:

Corrugated paper


Commercial paper

Specialty paper

Flooring felt

New uses of asbestos

As a result of the Asbestos Ban and Phase Out Rule being overturned, the following asbestos–

containing products are not banned in the U.S.:


Asbestos-cement corrugated sheet

Asbestos-cement flat sheet

Asbestos clothing

Pipeline wrap

Roofing felt

Vinyl-asbestos floor tile

Asbestos-cement shingle


Asbestos-cement pipe

Automatic transmission components

Clutch facings

Friction materials

Disc brake pads

Drum brake linings

Brake blocks


Non-roofing coatings

Roof coatings

Baron and Budd is a sponsor of Global Asbestos Awareness Week and a 2012 platinum sponsor

the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organziation.