Welcome to GBAN!

November 15, 2010 Press Release

The power of social media is undeniably revolutionary, dynamic, and essential for grassroots organizations. Decades of work from around the world to educate, advocate, and ultimately ban asbestos has culminated in the creation of a new social media based community effort called the Global Ban Asbestos Network (GBAN).

GBAN is a non-profit and independent initiative established to promote and facilitate collaboration, communication, and action to achieve a global asbestos ban.  GBAN is being launched two months earlier based news and need, and will continue to add additional Charter Members representing their country and content to our website.  Our connected social media resources will pioneer innovative methods to improve the efficacy of grassroots efforts to combat the global asbestos threat. The Facebook page was the first part of the network and has hundreds of followers already within just a few weeks.

GBAN is proud to introduce the first 24 Charter Members representing 17 countries who have joined in solidarity and support. Initial charter members will be joined by other leading ban asbestos individuals from across the globe as GBAN rapidly expands. Each Charter Member can regularly contribute content to the site, providing an additional one-stop resource representing the world’s preeminent asbestos authorities. Technology allows the GBAN website portal to translate postings into nearly 60 different languages. In addition, visitors will be able to utilize a variety of social media programs including Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Picasa Photos to post comments, pictures, videos, etc. while easily sharing information with the click of a mouse.

We have nearly 300 GBAN Facebook supporters who have ‘liked’ the ‘page’ and had more than 4,000 visits with a soft launch.

It’s exciting to look at how all of our global efforts are now coming together through this kind of extensively linked social media network. GBAN is a strong and powerful reminder that the voices of ban asbestos advocates are truly united.

GBAN was founded by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) and the Brazilian Association of the Asbestos-Exposed (ABREA).

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Australia’s 1st International Conference on Asbestos Awareness and Management by Lou Williams

Posted on September 15, 2014

Asbestos Safety and Eradication AgencyI am so excited to announce that the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency is hosting the inaugural International Conference on Asbestos Awareness and Management 2014 in Melbourne, Australia, to be held on 16 to 18 Nov 2014. Further details and registration on the website.

As the Global Ban Asbestos Network Director for Australia and a Mesothelioma Warrior, the 1st International Asbestos Conference in Australia is monumentally important to me.

Since my father, Norman Heritage, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 1985 at the age of 54, I have believed in raising awareness and helping in unity to help ban asbestos on a global scale. Continue reading

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ADFA Media Release: Asbestos victims don’t die by instalments: James Hardie shouldn’t compensate by instalments

15 Sept 2014 – Sydney, NSW

Media release – Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia (ADFA), Barry Robson, President

Asbestos victims don’t die by instalments: James Hardie shouldn’t compensate by instalments

Asbestos groups are outraged by the announcement that the James Hardie asbestos compensation fund will seek approval from the Supreme Court to pay victims by instalments following a forecast shortfall of funds within three years.

The Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia said the move was a slap in the face to victims, especially as James Hardie had recently found $500 million to pay in dividends to shareholders and given pay rises to top executives, with CEO Louis Gries now earning $11 million a year.

ADFA president Barry Robson said the reason for the funding shortfall was because the number of Australians dying from James Hardie asbestos products was still climbing, with a particular spike in the number of cases of mesothelioma, an incurable cancer caused by asbestos.

“Asbestos victims don’t die in instalments, they don’t lose the ability work or care for themselves in instalments, yet James Hardie wants to see them compensated in that way,” Mr Robson said.

“James Hardie spent decades knowingly selling these deadly products which to this day are still found in millions of homes and workplaces around Australia, leading to a growing number of home renovators and others in the community being exposed to asbestos fibres.

“The death toll from those products is still rising, with more Australians now dying each year from asbestos related diseases than the total number who die on the roads.

“These diseases are particularly devastating and require costly medical care.”

Mr Robson said the rise in the number of Australian’s being diagnosed with asbestos related diseases made any potential funding shortfall even more concerning.

“We will be working with the NSW Government, unions, community organisations and other supporters — just as we did ten years ago — to fight for justice for every single victim of James Hardie asbestos products,” he said.

“If James Hardie can find half a billion dollars to hand over to shareholders, and $11 million a year just for their CEO, surely they have an obligation to ensure every victim of their deadly asbestos products is properly compensated.”

For media comment please call ADFA President Barry Robson on 0407 235 685

Barry Robson, Charter GBAN Member, Australia

 

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Alessandro Pugno, from the Associazione Familiari Vittime Amianto, “Action Mesothelioma Day” Speech

Posted on August 1, 2014

On Friday 4th July 2014, I was invited by the Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group to give a speech about the story of Casale Monferrato in the town hall of Manchester.  It was an honor to share my story on behalf of my family and Associazione Familiari Vittime Amianto (AFeVA) from Casale where more than 200 asbestos victims, activists, and lawmakers gathered for Action Mesothelioma Day.

Alessandro Pugno’s “Action Mesothelioma Day” Speech

Alessandro“My name is Alessandro, I’m a filmmaker and I come from Casale Monferrato in Italy . In many ways, my story is not very different from yours.

Casale is a beautiful town surrounded by vineyards and gentle hills. It is a deeply human landscape that has been lovingly taken care of for centuries. A Tolkien landscape really, a sort of shire where you would expect hobbits to live.

Yet… When I was a child, I was told that the air we breathed was toxic… My parents said that it was due to a factory with an odd name: “Eternit”. But our particular “Mordor” was not all fire and smoke. It had been abandoned. It remained there, empty, huge and grey.. Most of its windows were broken and it was full of dust. Tons and tons of asbestos had been left behind… When the wind was blowing the deadly dust flew and spread over the trees and the grass and the houses. I remember that when we drove by on our bikes, I held my breath. Me and all the other children as well… But the dust was everywhere: on the roofs, in the courtyards, on the vegetables and the grapes, on the chicken pens, on every inch of our lovely fields

My stepfather died of mesothelioma in 2000. It had caused three long years of suffering, for him, for my mother, and for all the family. I was a teenager. After that I tried to ignore the tragedy and forget everything down to the very words “mesothelioma”, “Eternit”, “asbestos”… I left Casale as soon as I could – I was 18, but the truth is the idea of dying of mesothelioma remains within me…. I know I potentially belong to the casualty statistics. I am just number, in my hometown, we all are: out of a population of 36.000, 2000 people have already died of mesothelioma; every week someone discovers he or she is ill; every week someone dies.

For a long time, I managed to ignore all that. Then in 2011, something changed. I was invited by a fellow filmmaker to watch a film about the Eternit trial… I was reluctant and skeptical… Why dwell on pain? Why not busy ourselves with life instead of death? As I sat in the theatre and watched the faces of the people who had been involved in the trial, I realized that the pain I felt was not only mine and that it belonged instead to a whole community. And as a community, we were victims but we had chosen to fight back. I felt proud. I felt proud that the simple people of Casale, the factory workers of Eternit and their families relentlessly struggled to obtain a criminal trial against the former owners of Eternit company. Not only against the local ones but also against the all powerful CEOs of the multinational of asbestos-cement.

If you come to Casale you cannot avoid seing the Italian flags on the windows. On the flags, you can read: “Eternit giustizia”! Eternit justice. After 3 years of trial, Stephan Schmidheiny, the former owner of Eternit group has been convicted to 18 years of jail in 2013 by the Court of Appeal of Turin: he has been found guilty of environmental disaster. This may not have an economic impact on the victims families lives because no compensation has been paid, but the symbolic impact is huge: yes, someone is responsible for our suffering, it wasn’t just bad luck, it wasn’t fate. It had been a crime…

Newspapers from SouthAmerica, Europe and Asia reported this landmark victory: the sufferance of so many was being acknowledged and the raising awareness on asbestos issue meant an increasing number of new victims might be avoided in the future.

The final verdict is expected in December: the Court of Cassation should confirm the verdict. We hope they would but in the meantime another criminal trial against Eternit is being prepared: Stephan Schmidheiny is now sued for mass murder. The same public prosecutor of the first Eternit case believes he is guilty of the intentional murder of two hundreds people who died of mesothelioma in the past four years: none of those  had ever worked in the factory.

I know that many of you are victims of the same tragedy, many of you have experienced the loss of dear ones. UK is no different from Italy when it comes to the reckless use of this eternal and deadly construction material and mesothelioma makes no differences amongst nationalities or social classes. That is why we must fight together. So that others are saved. So that new generations are preserved.

We may never be able to receive a compensation to relieve some of the burden caused by the sickness but I have become convinced that the claim for justice is even more important. In Casale there were 6000 civil claimants suing Eternit in the criminal trial. For three years every Monday 6 buses full of people left Casale to go to the courtroom. It was important to be there, together, fighting back and demanding the truth.

I want to thank the Greater Manchester Victims group for inviting me here and you all for listening to me. The only reason I am here is because I hope my words will be able to carry a message of hope and solidarity… In Casale the idea to sue the owner of Eternit seemed impossibly ambitious but we did… As I said our story is not different from yours: please believe the impossible can be achieved and we can do it together.

Today, I am looking forward to learning from your experience and your stories.

Thank you.”

Alessandro Pugno, representing the Associazione Familiari Vittime Amianto

 

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Lou Williams: “Keynote speaker Canberra, ACT, 14 July 2014 PGARDS/ASEA”

Posted on July 29, 2014

Thursday 10 and Friday 11 July were 2 terrible days for me – my body came down with infection, pain and fatigue.   I was due to fly up to Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Sunday 13 July.  I slowly came good Sat and by midday Sunday apart from the extreme fatigue I felt okay and was determined to get on that plane for Canberra where I was to speak on Monday 14 July at Parliament House, Canberra to the politicians.
Luckily a special and dear girlfriend Vicki and husband were able to pick me up from the airport and I stayed the night with them in Canberra and was thoroughly spoilt and pampered.  By Monday morning I was ready for Parliament House although a bad back pain was annoying me so I took a morphine based tablet and slowly is went to the background of my health and determination!  Vicki kindly drove me to Parliament House and came inside with me until I was met by Geraldine – Senator Lisa Singh’s aide/personal assistant.  Geraldine and Lisa kindly offered me the use of their office for day to rest and recuperate if I needed to do so.  I met with Lisa for a while and we discussed the global ban on asbestos and asbestos in Australia.   Lisa’s portfolio is a huge one and I am not sure where she gets her energy to carry on/embrace everything as she does so efficiently.
We made our way to the parliamentary luncheon just prior to midday where Peter Tighe (head of ASEA Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency) was waiting for me along with others that he introduced me to including various politicians.   Members of support groups were invited as well.  Bri Heseltine who heads the group for Mr Fluffy in Canberra was also invited – it was great to make pers
Photo

At PGARDS luncheon with team members of ADFA (Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia), Kat Burge South Australia and Senator Lisa Singh.

onal contact after being facebook friends with her and to let Bri know what an inspiration that she is with taking on this huge task.
Senator Lisa Singh spoke, as did Peter Tighe then it was my turn.   Russell Broadbent MP also did the closing speech after mine.
(My speech below)
I’d like to begin by thanking the Parliamentary Group on Asbestos Related Diseases for organising this event and for raising awareness about this very important issue.   I’d also like to thank the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency for supporting this event and helping PGARD raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos.  I lost my father to pleural mesothelioma in 1985 – he was only 54 years old.   Like many people in our community, I was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma, an asbestos-caused cancer in 2003. I never knew my fate would follow my father’s footsteps.  As I began to heal from surgeries and chemotherapy, mesothelioma spread to the pleura of my lungs in 2009.  I only know to fight – and fight hard – I am currently having further ch

Senator Lisa Singh and me

emotherapy treatment.   Asbestos has had a hugely destructive impact on my family and me.
My story is only one of thousands of stories out there where families have suffered and have been torn apart by this insidious substance.  My pain and knowledge, has spurred me on to advocate for the sufferers of asbestos related diseases and their families and for greater awareness of the dangers of asbestos and prevent people from being exposed in the future.   I attended the initial Asbestos Summit in Sydney in November 2012 where Bill Shorten announced that an independent Agency would be established to target this issue.
In my mind this was the ultimate and very important step in asbestos safety and eradication for Australia and also leading the way worldwide.     I was so overjoyed that this had finally come into fruition through the work of support groups, unions and government.   I felt at peace, that if I died tomorrow I would be happy in the knowledge that this is in place.  As my mesothelioma battle continues, so do my advocacy efforts.  In April 2014, I was fortunate to attend the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organisation (ADAO) 10th International Asbestos Awareness Conference in Washington where I was honoured to receive an award for advocacy and support to other sufferers and their families. As a guest speaker, I shared my story.   Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council Chairman Geoff Fary was invited to also speak at the ADAO conference in 2013. He spoke about As

Peter Tighe speaking on behalf of ASEA.

bestos Management Review, the new agency and the way forward, and people listened.  It was clear to me, that America and other countries see us as leaders in our country and abroad in campaigns to ban asbestos.  We have come a long way since the full ban on Asbestos in 2003, and most importantly, with the establishment of the independent Agency.  Mesothelioma is a death sentence for the person diagnosed and their family.  A
sbestos tumours are likened to barb wire and eventually join up into like a mass of hard concrete in the linings and suffocate the organs making breathing painful.  It literally takes your breath away.
Australians need this Agency to ensure there is a national approach to identifying asbestos and developing ways to remove it from our community.  I have a great fear that without the Agency, the issue of eradicating asbestos will be put on the backburner and will fizzle out.  Please hear my voice. I would not wish this painful and aggressive cancer on anyone.  Those nearly invisible fibres have devastated my family, my friends, my community, and me.   My father paid a high price for his work – his life. Now I fight this painful, but preventable cancer.  Do we want asbestos to continue to plague us and the next generation?   For me, for us, please keep the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency viable – prevention is the only cure.   I thank you again for inviting me here today.Standing on the steps of to the entrance of Parliament House prior to the PGARDS luncheon.At PGARDS luncheon with team members of ADFA (Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia), Kat Burge South Australia and Senator Lisa Singh.
Lou with Senator Lisa Singh.Photo: Listening to international anti-asbestos advocate Lou Williams at the Parliamentary Group on Asbestos Related Disease. Respect.It was a highlight of my journey with mesothelioma to be able to stand up for myself and everyone living with an asbestos related disease plus those who have lost their lives to this deadly disease.  I was truly honoured to have been asked to speak and even though illness at the time nearly stopped me from attending – I was determined to be there!  To be a voice to be heard!

Lou Williams, GBAN Australian National Director

 

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An European Court for Human Rights Verdict in Favour of Asbestos Victims by Yvonne Waterman

Posted on July 26, 2014

ECHROn July 24th, 2014, the European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) has condemned the Maltese government for exposing shipyard workers to asbestos at its docks during the last decades of the previous century.

Malta argued in court that the workers had accepted the occupational dangers of working with asbestos, pointing out that they were provided with such protective clothing and masks as seemed sufficient at the time. Also, that the mere fact that the workers used protective clothing and masks was enough to fulfil the employers’ duty of information that their work was obviously of a dangerous nature; and that the danger money they had received on top of their salaries in compensation of continuous occupational asbestos exposure made the present liability claims unjustified. Unsurprisingly, the ECHR made short shift of these arguments, which are hardly fitting in this age and remind of the terrible English labour law in Victorian times.

Remarkably, the Court reflects on the positive obligation of Member States to take all appropriate steps to safeguard life. This entails above all a primary duty on each State to put in place a legislative and administrative framework designed to provide “effective deterrence against threats to the right to life”. The buzzword is ‘effective’ – what might that mean in practice? Will any public measure that fails to protect against a fatal occupational disease  hence lead to liability of the Member State? That is taking liability extremely – and unlikely – far. Or does the quote refer rather to an obligation of each Member State to use its best efforts to safeguard life? We’ll have to wait and see how this case law develops further.

To read the verdict in full, see

http://hudoc.echr.coe.int/sites/eng/Pages/search.aspx#{%22languageisocode%22:[%22ENG%22],%22documentcollectionid2%22:[%22JUDGMENTS%22],%22itemid%22:[%22001-145790%22]}

Yvonne Waterman, Sc.D. LL.M., GBAN Charter Member, The Netherlands

 

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Strage Eternit, il magnate Schmidheiny accusato di omicidio volontario || Eternit Slaughter. The Tycoon Schmidheiny is Charged With Willful Murder

Strage Eternit, il magnate Schmidheiny accusato di omicidio volontari  

Eternit Slaughter. The Tycoon Schmidheiny is  Charged With Willful Murder

Chiusa l’indagine bis sugli stabilimenti del gruppo svizzero: l’imputazione riguarda 213 morti di mesotelioma. Il difensore: “Accusa pesante, ma infondata”

The investigative phase for the second trial on the plants belonging to the Swiss group: 213 mesothelioma deaths. The defendant’s lawyer:’ A very heavy but groundless accusation.

di FEDERICA CRAVERO

EternitOmicidio volontario anche per Stephan Schmidheiny, il magnate elvetico rimasto l’unico a rispondere dell’infinita strage da amianto della Eternit. La notizia circolava da un anno, quando il pm Raffaele Guariniello aveva pensato di contestare al milionario svizzero la stessa accusa formulata per l’amministratore delegato della ThyssenKrupp Harald Espenhahn. Ora il magistrato torinese, assieme al sostituto procuratore Gianfranco Colace, ha firmato l’avviso di chiusura delle indagini dell’inchiesta cosiddetta “Eternit bis”, che sarà notificato tanto all’imputato che alle famiglie delle 213 vittime colpite da mesotelioma pleurico.

Willful murder for S Schmidheiny,  the Swiss tycoon, the only defendant left in the long lasting Eternit asbestos massacre. News of the indictment had been circulating for a year, since Public Prosecutor Raffaele Guariniello had started  considering the same charge which had been brought against Harald Espenhahn, the ThyssenKrupp CEO. The Turin Public Prosecutor (PP) with Deputy Prosecutor Gainfranco Colace, has closed the investigative phase of the so called Eternit bis case  which the defendant and the families of the 213 pleural mesothelioma victims will be informed of.

Un’imputazione, quella di omicidio volontario, che si afferma in questo secondo filone di indagini, mentre nel primo processo (in cui era a giudizio anche il barone belga Louis De Cartier, nel frattempo deceduto), che si è concluso con la condanna a 18 anni in appello dell’industriale svizzero, le accuse erano di disastro ambientale. L’aggravamento della posizione di Schmidheiny si fonda sul fatto che gli oltre duecento casi di malati che sono parti lese si riferiscono tutti alla sola gestione del magnate svizzero, che secondo la procura di Torino ha nascosto informazioni sui pericoli dell’esposizione all’amianto e non ha nemmeno investito nelle opere di bonifica dopo il fallimento di Eternit Italia e la chiusura dei suoi stabilimenti.

The charge, willful murder, is a second line of investigation after the first case (where the now deceased  Belgian Baron Louis de Cartier was also on trial)  that finished with an 18 year sentence of the Swiss industrialist. In the first case,  the accusation had been that of environmental disaster. The new and stronger accusation against Schmidheiny is based on the fact that the over 200 victims refer to the time when SS was the sole in charge: according to the Turin Public Prosecution he deliberately withheld or hid information on the dangers of asbestos exposure and did not even invest in decontamination after the closure of Eternit Italia and of its plants. 
Un caso esemplare, per la procura, è rappresentato dal decesso, avvenuto un anno fa, di Paola Chiabrera Gazziero, una donna di soli 36 anni di Casale Monferrato che non ha mai lavorato nella fabbrica di Eternit. La sua giovane età dimostra però che c’è stata un’esposizione all’amianto anche dopo il 1976, anno di nascita di quest’ultima vittima.

Paola Chiabreo Gazziero’s death at 36 is a case in point for the Public Prosecution: she lived in Casale Monferrato and never worked at Eternit. Her young age proves there was exposure to asbestos after 1976, her year of birth.
“E’ un’accusa grave ma, a mio avviso, infondata”. Così il professor Astolfo Di Amato, legale di Schmidheiny, ha commentato laconicamente l’imputazione di omicidio volontario.

A very heavy but groundless accusation’, tersely  comments Prof Astolfo Di Amato, Schmidheiny’s Lawer when asked what he thought of the accusation of willful murder. 

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Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Blog “Asbestos: The Human Cost of Inaction”

Posted on June 16, 2014

 

The Human Cost of Congressional InactionSince this clock started ticking, 110,000 Americans have died from asbestos-caused diseases.  That’s the human cost of inaction.  Join the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) and let Congress know that we have had enough. The deaths need to stop.

Email, post, and/or tweet with your social networks, U.S. Representatives and Senators – I want action now – stop #asbestos imports and ban asbestos @WhiteHouse http://bit.ly/1lzp6kP

We only know some of the Mesothelioma Warriors’ names that are missing from these headstones, yet their tragic, preventable deaths are unknown to many Americans. Asbestos disease is underreported and the voices of the victims go unheard. ADAO’s clock starts 4,018 days ago, when my husband Alan was diagnosed with mesothelioma. He is one of hundreds of thousands of men and women who have died due to exposure to asbestos.

In 4,018 days, has anything been done to protect Americans? No. Nothing.

Since 2003, the USA has consumed an estimated 21,000 metric tons of asbestos to meet so-called “manufacturing needs.” For more information, read and share ADAO’s infographic. Take action with ADAO, day after day, month after month, until we bring an end to this tragedy. Check back for updates of our asbestos facts and figures every month.

The ticking clock will remain on the ADAO home page until something is done to stop asbestos disease. Enough is enough.

Linda Reinstein, GBAN Co-Founder

 

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Update from the Asbestos Workshop/Summit in Sydney, Australia by Lou Williams

Posted on June 23, 2014 Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency

Early June I attended an Asbestos Workshop/Summit in Sydney, NSW to help with a plan to save the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) who currently oversee the asbestos safety, eradication and regulations in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia for both Government and private businesses and householders.  The Workshop/Summit was well attended by Unions, Cancer Council and Asbestos Support groups.   It was agreed to target the media/newspapers with specific asbestos stories relevant to saving ASEA from closure by our current Federal Government.

My business cards have now been printed and I am officially part of the Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia (ADFA) team. I now have two titles which are the ADFA Social Media Voice and the Global Ban Asbestos Network (GBAN) Australian National Director, both positions I am very excited to be part of and it is an honour for me to be with these organisations and to be able to help contribute.

ABC News reported in “Mr Fluffy asbestos: Commonwealth agency calls for demolition of affected houses” that “about 1,000 Canberra houses had loose amosite asbestos installed by insulation company Mr Fluffy in the late 1960s and ’70s.”

A Federal Government program aimed to remove it between 1988 and 1993, but residual fibres have since been discovered in some of the homes making it deadly and very dangerous to the homeowners, friends and any tradespersons who have access in these homes.  Unfortunately the Government have not taken the option of demolishing these homes and fully funding the financial expenses to the homeowners.   There is currently a legal firm taking up the plight of these homeowners.

Lou Williams, GBAN Australian National Director

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ADAO Applauds the Globe and Mail for “The Canadian asbestos epidemic that Ottawa is ignoring” Series

Globe and Mail: “ The Canadian asbestos epidemic that Ottawa is ignoring”

No Safe UseFrom the very first page of  Globe and Mail: “ The Canadian asbestos epidemic that Ottawa is ignoring”, we knew this series was something dramatically different from any other coverage about the asbestos tragedy we’ve seen before. Immediately, it is the voice of the victim, John Nolan, that we hear. And there is his face, just looking out at us. Unforgettable. Unlike anything we’ve seen in the US media. We are so grateful for Mr. Nolan and Mr. Lyle Cassidy’s willingness to share their stories with the world.

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was thrilled to serve as a media resource for this article. We applaud this unflinching, overpowering look at “The Invisible Epidemic” and send our appreciation and good wishes to everyone who worked on the seven-part series, especially Tavia Grant.

Over 50 countries have banned asbestos, but not the US or Canada. Partnering for Prevention raises awareness and helps protect people from exposure to this deadly toxin. Each year, we welcome our partners from Canada and around the world to participate in Global Asbestos Awareness Week.

There is a human cost to inaction. Ten thousand Americans die annually from asbestos diseases and yet imports continue. For more details about the impact in the US, read and share ADAO’s infographic and our Share Your Story collection. How many shattered lives and heartbroken families like Mr. Nolan’s and Mr. Cassidy’s will it take before we end the senseless tragedy caused by asbestos?  Prevention remains the only cure.

Enough is enough.

Linda Reinstein, Global Asbestos Awareness Network (GBAN) Co-Founder

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Series Details:
The Invisible Epidemic – Part I
Exposure is Still Widespread – Part II
The Boom Years – Part III
Six Months to Live – Part IV
Officially Safe in Canada – Part V
What Can Be Done? – Part VI
Stuck in My Body – Part VII

 

 

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PRESS RELEASE: “Union Minister of Mines, Steel & Labour Briefed on the Need to Ban Asbestos”

Posted on June 11, 2014

Gopal Krishna of TWA briefing Shri Narendra Singh Tomar on why asbestos should be banned on June 11, 2014At a meeting with Union Minister of Mines, Steel & Labour today, a delegation of occupational health and child rights groups briefed him on the need to ban asbestos in India.

The minister was informed that more than 50 countries have banned production, use, manufacture and trade of the hazardous mineral fiber, Asbestos. These countries are: Algeria, Czech Republic, Iceland, Malta, Seychelles, Argentina, Denmark, Ireland, Mozambique, Slovakia, Australia, Egypt, Israel, Netherlands, Slovenia, Austria, Estonia, Italy, New Caledonia, South Africa, Bahrain, Finland, Japan, Norway, Spain, Belgium, France, Jordan, Oman, Sweden, Brunei, Gabon, South Korea, Poland, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Germany, Kuwait, Portugal, Turkey, Chile, Greece, Latvia, Qatar, United Kingdom, Croatia, Honduras, Lithuania, Romania, Uruguay, Cyprus, Hungary, Luxembourg and Saudi Arabia. All the 27 countries of European Union have banned it.

The minister’s attention was drawn towards the notification of Union Ministry of Labour and Employment dated January 23, 2012 constituting an Advisory Committee of 13 members to prevent exposure to asbestos by the workers in pursuance of the judgment of Hon’ble Supreme Court.

There are four terms of reference (TOR) of this Advisory Committee. Two of these TORs deal with ‘ILO guidelines’ and ‘fresh resolution passed by ILO”. The reply does not recognize that the ‘fresh resolution passed by ILO’ refers to the above mentioned June 2006 resolution. Continue reading

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