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March 29, 2019
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The international 15th Annual Asbestos Disease Awareness Week runs this year between 1 and 7 April.
The annual event is organised by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organisation (ADAO) and will focus on preventing asbestos exposure, strengthening international partnerships and banning the mining, manufacture and use of the hazardous substance.
It will culminate on April 7 with an online, worldwide candlelight vigil.
The week-long event also once again feature the 30-second animated public service announcement video “Asbestos: The Killer You Can’t See” that captures the tragic reality about deadly asbestos.
The video reveals how a young girl loses her father to asbestos, highlighting the insidious and nearly invisible fibres.
The video is also available in five other languages, including Russian, Hindi and Spanish to order to reach nations who continue to mine, use and export asbestos.
Asbestos is a known carcinogen and there is no safe level of exposure.
Since the 19th century, asbestos was widely used in construction, shipbuilding, and the automotive industry.
Nearly 200,000 people die each year from preventable asbestos-caused diseases.
Since its founding in 2004, ADAO has worked with the U.S. Senate to unanimously pass fifteen Asbestos Awareness Week Resolutions and secured five U.S. Surgeon General asbestos warnings in an effort to prevent exposure, to help eliminate deadly asbestos-caused diseases.
“We are excited to bring our educational messages to an even wider audience by collaborating once again with McOnie an award-winning U.K. based public relations agency, that expand our ability to distribute our messages globally,” said Linda Reinstein, mesothelioma widow and ADAO co-founder.
“The simple truth is asbestos kills and prevention remains the only cure. Asbestos-caused diseases like mesothelioma can take years, even decades, to kill, but the hidden risk of asbestos fibres only takes a few heartbeats to tell.”
Fatigue is common amongst the population, but particularly among those working abnormal hours, and can arise from excessive working time or poorly designed shift patterns. It is also related to workload, in that workers are more easily fatigued if their work is machine-paced, complex or monotonous.
15th Annual Asbestos Disease Awareness Week launchesThe annual event is organised by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organisation (ADAO) and will focus on preventing asbestos exposure, strengthening international partnerships and banning the mining, manufacture and use of the hazardous substance.
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