Asbestos Awareness Week

Every year, the first week of April is known as Asbestos Awareness Week. Asbestos, a naturally occurring fibrous material, is a known human carcinogen and has been linked as a cause to asbestos-related cancers and mesothelioma. Despite such serious results from exposure to this mineral, asbestos is still not banned completely in the United States and many other countries. The purpose of Asbestos Awareness Week is to raise awareness and promote education about the dangers of asbestos, the legislation surrounding asbestos and asbestos exposure victims, and education about asbestos-related disease.

Asbestos’ use was very widespread for many years and across many industries because of it’s desirable properties-- asbestos is known to be very durable and fire-resistant. Asbestos in it’s undisturbed form is not dangerous. It is when asbestos is disturbed and its microscopic fibers are inhaled that it can lead to health problems.

To help spread awareness about asbestos and hope for victims of asbestos-related diseases, the MCA has compiled a list of compelling facts about the long history of asbestos:

Asbestos History

Industries with Asbestos Use

Awareness & Legislation

Americans are still being exposed to asbestos today, as the United States is still legally importing 100 millions tons of asbestos yearly. Awareness is still the key factor in the fight against asbestos use. Conferences such as the Asbestos Awareness Disease Organizations’ Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference have helped to make strides in asbestos awareness, but people are still vastly undereducated about asbestos use and it's dangers. Join our community to join the fight against asbestos use and mesothelioma.