Saturday, April 2, 2011

RESPIRATORY DECADE supporting Global Asbestos Awareness Week Educational Campaign April 1-7, 2011

We, as the RESPIRATORY DECADE, support the Global Asbestos Awareness Week Educational Campaign April 1-7 to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure.

The RESPIRATORY DECADE agrees with the World Health Organization’s (WHO), International Labor Organization, International Agency for Research on Cancer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Surgeon General, and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration that asbestos is a known human carcinogen and there is not safe level of exposure. 

Recently the World Health Organization’s (WHO) increased the annual number of workers fatalities from 90,000 to 107,000.

Global Asbestos Awareness Week brings attention not only to the respiratory and carcinogenic dangers of asbestos, but also to their prevention. This week represents a call to action to pursue the commitment to eliminating asbestos-related diseases in four strategic directions: 

·        by recognizing that the most efficient way to eliminate asbestos-related diseases is to stop the use of all types of asbestos;
·        to provide information about solutions for replacing asbestos with safer substitutes and developing economic and technological mechanisms to stimulate its replacement;
·        to take measures to prevent exposure to asbestos in place and during asbestos removal (abatement); and
·        to improve early diagnosis, treatment, social and medical rehabilitation of asbestos-related diseases and to establish registries of people with past and/or current exposures to asbestos in order to track the progress of these actions.

We hereby urge support the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization’s Global Asbestos Awareness Week to protect the public’s health from preventable asbestos-caused diseases.

On behalf of RESPIRATORY DECADE team

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