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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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.


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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News Coverage about the Controversy over the Convicted Asbestos Criminal Stephan Schmidheiny’s Honorary Degree from Yale

Revoke Convicted Asbestos Criminal  Stephan Schmidheiny  honorary Yale doctorate_edited-2

ADAO Letter to Yale (English) 

ADAO Letter to Yale (Italian)

News Coverage of Controversy over the Convicted Asbestos Criminal Stephan Schmidheiny’s Honorary Degree from Yale

Special thanks to Chris Meisenkothen and Stoneybrook History Prof. Chris Sellers who created the list.

September 2013:

Yale Daily News - September 8, 2013 - http://yaledailynews.com/magazine/2013/09/08/a-toxic-legacy/

The Hartford Courant - September 27, 2013

Corporate Crime Reporter - September 30, 2013 -http://www.corporatecrimereporter.com/news/200/schmidheinyyale09302013/ Continue reading

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Asbestos campaigner, Ray Colbert, dies in Queensland, Australia

Posted on May 24, 2014 by Lou Williams

Ray did so much in Queensland with support and raising awareness – thank you Ray – may you be at peace.  Your fight will continue.   Deepest sympathy to Helen and family xx ~ Lou

Asbestos campaigner succumbs to deadly asbestos in Queensland, Australia SOURCE: Brisbane Times

Raymond Colbert worked tirelessly for asbestos disease sufferers.

Leading asbestos safety advocate Raymond Colbert has passed away of asbestos disease aged 67.

Mr Colbert worked tirelessly on behalf of fellow disease sufferers for many years as secretary of the Asbestos Related Disease Support Society Queensland.

Among his greatest achievements was “Ray’s Ride”, where Mr Colbert travelled from Toowoomba to Brisbane in his motorised wheelchair to raise awareness of asbestos diseases mesothelioma and asbestosis and medical research funds.

The journey took Mr Colbert through the flood-affected Ipswich and Lockyer Valley regions in 2011. Continue reading

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“Blood transfusion and Vampire alert!” by Lou Williams

Posted on May 23, 2014

Blood transfusion and Vampire alert!” by Lou Williams

Lou WilliamsA visit to see my oncologist on Weds after blood tests the previous day revealed my bloods were way down and I was very anaemic.

Thursday we fronted up to the hospital and checked in with our appointment of 9.45am.  As there were no beds available we waited 2 hours for a bed to become vacant.  Next cross checking of my bloods had to take place, so a wait for the pathology team to come around to the ward and take some blood from me, then 3 hours later the bloods were delivered to the ward and the 5 hour process of being administered the bloods commenced.  Read my full Blood transfusion and Vampire alert!


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“Até a vitória final!” “Until the final victory” by Fernanda Giannasi

Posted on May 7, 2014 from Facebook

Fernanda Giannasi

Fernanda Giannasi

A ABREA hoje está em estado de graça, pois a morte do engenheiro da Eternit por mesotelioma de pleura há quase 9 anos (ele nos procurou poucos meses antes de sua sofrida morte) não foi em vão.

O TST hoje condenou a Eternit a pagar à família de nosso colega engenheiro 1 milhão de reais por danos morais, além dos danos materiais. UMA GRANDE VITÓRIA DIANTE DE UMA EMPRESA CRUEL E ARROGANTE QUE INSISTE EM USAR A FIBRA ASSASSINA E CAUSAR TANTO SOFRIMENTO AOS LARES DE MILHARES DE BRASILEIROS E BRASILEIRAS.

Congratulamo-nos com a família do estimado colega engenheiro, o qual homenagearemos publicamente nesta noite quando formos receber no Museu da Língua Portuguesa o Prêmio Destaque de 2014.


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Communication, Collaboration, and Action Thrive in Global Ban Asbestos Network

GBAN_logoPosted on May 6, 2014 

The Global Ban Asbestos Network (GBAN) was founded in 2010 by the Brazilian Association for the Asbestos-Exposed (ABREA) and the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) to provide a social network resource for Communication, Collaboration and Action sharing “ban asbestos” information worldwide.

As our reach has grown to nearly 30,000 viewers, Fernanda Giannasi (ABREA) and I are thrilled to welcome three new members in leadership roles. Lou Williams, Australian National Director, Dr. Ken Takahashi, Asian Regional Director, and Yvonne Waterman, European Regional Director, will serve as communication coordinators for the network, bringing together 33 Members from 21 countries.  For Dr. Takahashi and Yvonne, we are acknowledging the invaluable role they already play in GBAN. Lou is new to our group, an expert in social media, asbestos organizations, and educational efforts in Australia and around the world, and also a Mesothelioma Warrior.  All three presented at the 2014 ADAO conference in April and we encourage you to watch their videos to learn more.

Would your organization or union like to be part of GBAN? Our network serves as a connecting point for independent nonprofit victims organizations, public health activists and occupational safety and health organizations.  If you represent any of these groups, we hope you will join us. Email gban@gban.net today with your request. GBAN is powered by volunteers and does not have any staff of our own.

GBAN welcomes your news, letters, petitions, educational materials, press releases, photos and blogs of 200 words or less, via email to gban@gban.net.  Please note, GBAN does not make medical or legal referrals.

In unity,


Linda Reinstein, GBAN Co-Founder and Charter Member


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