Global Asbestos Awareness Week took place this year during the first week of April and saw more than 70 activist organisations spread awareness about the dangers of asbestos around the world.
France, Canada, India and Japan each have networks supporting the ban on asbestos, which still kills around 100,000 workers worldwide each year. All asbestos-related organisations celebrate Global Asbestos Awareness Week because all deaths from asbestos-related diseases are preventable.
Asbestos diseases take between 10 and 50 years to develop. This means that even in countries like UK where asbestos was banned in 1999 people are still being diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases from their past exposure to asbestos dust and fibres. Some of the industries who are at risk of past exposure to asbestos dust and fibres include shipyard workers, plumbers, electricians and construction workers. Professionals such as teachers have also been exposed to asbestos dust and fibres and have developed an asbestos-related disease.
In sharing stories about exposure and the impact of asbestos on health, Global Asbestos Awareness Week hopes to prevent exposure in the future and save lives. Global Asbestos Awareness Week is also a chance to remember those who have died from fatal Mesothelioma, Pleural Plaques, and asbestos induced Lung Cancer or Asbestosis after exposure to asbestos fibres and dust.
Asbestos fibres are tiny: Nearly 700 times smaller than human hair! Asbestos dust is also odourless, tasteless and indestructible which makes putting the spotlight on asbestos-related diseases such a vital campaign. A silent and deadly killer, asbestos claims the lives of around 20 tradespeople every week in the UK.
The good work of support groups around the UK can help people who have been affected by asbestos-related diseases. You are entitled to benefits if you have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, if you care for a victim of Mesothelioma or if you’re the surviving spouse of a Mesothelioma victim. Compensation can be some comfort for people who are left with financial worries after the passing of a family member from an asbestos-related disease.
Dominic Smith is an Asbestos and Mesothelioma Claims Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.
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