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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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
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
These products include:
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 flat sheet
Vinyl-asbestos floor tile
Automatic transmission components
Disc brake pads
Drum brake linings
Baron and Budd is a sponsor of Global Asbestos Awareness Week and a 2012 platinum sponsor
the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organziation.