Global Asbestos Awareness Week takes place 1 – 7 April 2019 and sees an increase of activities to raise awareness of asbestos and preventing exposure by bringing together experts and victims from around the world to share, learn, and take action.
UKATA is a leading authority on asbestos training, a not for profit association established in 2008 with a set purpose in mind: to be recognised as the asbestos industry’s most eminent training association. UKATA is committed to both maintaining and improving higher standards of asbestos training through ongoing monitoring of UKATA-approved training providers.
“We still have a long way to go to tackle the global issue” said UKATA Chief Operating Officer, Craig Evans. “Asbestos was banned in the United Kingdom in 1999, over 1.5 million buildings in the UK alone may still contain asbestos. Government statistics confirm asbestos is responsible for over 5,000 deaths in the UK”.
Despite the UK ban, asbestos is still legal in many countries, regardless of the health risks of asbestos related illnesses such as mesothelioma (Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that develops in the lining that covers the outer surface of some of the body's organs. It's usually linked to asbestos exposure) Unfortunately, it's rarely possible to cure mesothelioma, although treatment can help control the symptoms.
Global Asbestos Awareness Week (GAAW) is dedicated to educating people about both the risk of asbestos and how to manage it in order to prevent asbestos-caused diseases. While promising research continues, prevention remains the only cure. When it comes to asbestos and mesothelioma, knowledge truly is power. This week is about delivering that power: we seek to equip people with the tools they need to protect themselves while we work for preventative legislation and a cure.
Linda Reinstein of The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) says “It is exciting to see the global community unite and collaborate for Global Asbestos Awareness Week. Thank you for joining us during this week of learning and community”!
UKATA is a leading authority on asbestos training. Find a UKATA approved asbestos training provider near you, or for free advice call our team on 01246 824437