This week is National Asbestos Awareness Week, which serves as a reminder of the danger that asbestos continues to pose in our homes, workplaces and communities. It is also a time to remember the families affected by asbestos-related diseases.
The first documented death related to asbestos was in 1906. It is estimated that since then, asbestos exposure has led to millions of needlessly lost lives around the world.
Imagine how many mothers and fathers have lost their children, how many boys and girl saw their parents suffer, and how many husbands and wives buried their partners – only then can you begin to picture the true impact of asbestos in our community.
Asbestos continues to be a danger today. It is estimated that in Australia, over the next 20 years between 30,000 and 40,000 Australians will be diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease. Statistics show asbestos-related diseases will kill more Australians than the whole of World War One.
National Asbestos Awareness Week concludes on Friday 30 November with Asbestos Victims Memorial Day.