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October 18, 2018

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Announces Unity and Remembrance Brunch Sunday, April 19

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), which combines education, advocacy, and community to prevent exposure and ensure justice for asbestos victims, today announced the Unity and Remembrance Brunch to close out its 11th Annual Asbestos Awareness Conference on April 17 – 19, 2015, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA.

The brunch, which takes place from 9:30-11:30 am on Sunday, April 19, is an annual tradition for the ADAO community and brings together asbestos victims, loved ones, and supporters with select presentations and musical performances in an intimate setting, culminating with an inspirational candle lighting ceremony. This year’s agenda includes:

  • Opening remarks from Dr. Richard Lemen, ADAO Science Advisory Board Co-Chair
  • Keynote speech from Sue Vento, Widow of the late Congressman Bruce Vento
  • Presentation from Lou Williams, Mesothelioma Warrior; Australian Director, Global Ban Asbestos Network (GBAN); and Social Media Awareness Officer, Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia (ADFA)
  • Performance by Jill Cagle, Mesothelioma Widow and Singer
  • Performance of “I’m Not Ready Yet” by Folk Rock Artist, Troi Atkinson
  • Candle Lighting led by Ellen Trunkelrott, ADAO Board Member

“This year’s conference comes on the heels of the introduction of the “The Alan Reinstein and Trevor Schaefer Toxic Chemical Protection Act.” (S. 725) led by Senators Barbara Boxer and Edward Markey” which would ensure the EPA could ban asbestos,” stated Linda Reinstein, President and Co-Founder of ADAO. “Our Unity and Remembrance Brunch is a key example of our continued spirit of hope, and the shared commitment to work towards an asbestos free global community. I am hopeful that one day, the tragedy of asbestos will be a thing of the past, negating the need for such a gathering.”

“The Unity and Remembrance Brunch is important to me – I’m dying of mesothelioma,” said Lou Williams. “If only asbestos had been banned in Australia and around the world when the science confirmed asbestos caused disease and deaths, I might not be suffering today from a preventable and deadly asbestos-caused cancer. But I will not die in vain and remain hopeful that through unity, we will one day see a global ban on asbestos. It is my most important dying wish.”

ADAO’s 11th Annual Asbestos Awareness Conference features more than 40 renowned medical experts and asbestos victims from ten countries, focusing on the latest advancements in asbestos disease prevention, treatment for mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases, and global ban asbestos advocacy. To register for ADAO’s 2015 conference, click here.

Despite its known dangers, asbestos remains legal and lethal in the USA and imports continue. Exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma, lung, gastrointestinal, laryngeal, and ovarian cancers; as well as non-malignant lung and pleural disorders. The World Health Organization estimates that 107,000 workers around the world will die every year of an asbestos-related disease, equaling 300 deaths per day.

About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO is the largest non-profit in the U.S. dedicated to providing asbestos victims and concerned citizens with a united voice through our education, advocacy, and community initiatives. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure, advocate for an asbestos ban, and protect asbestos victims’ civil rights. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org. ADAO, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, does not make legal referrals.

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Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Praises Senate for Passing the Bipartisan 11th Annual "National …

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), which combines education, advocacy, and community to prevent exposure and ensure justice for asbestos victims, today praised the Senate for the passage of a resolution establishing the Eleventh Annual “National Asbestos Awareness Week.” This important educational week raises public awareness about the prevalence of asbestos-related diseases and the dangers of asbestos exposure and coincides with the international educational campaign – Global Asbestos Awareness Week. The Senate Resolution is led by Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and cosponsors – Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Steve Daines (R-MT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Harry Reid (D-NV), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

Despite its known dangers, asbestos remains legal and lethal in the USA and imports continue. Exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma, lung, gastrointestinal, laryngeal, and ovarian cancers; as well as non-malignant lung and pleural disorders. The World Health Organization estimates that 107,000 workers around the world will die every year of an asbestos-related disease, equaling 300 deaths per day.

Linda Reinstein, President and Co-Founder of ADAO, expressed her gratitude commenting: “On behalf of ADAO, I would like to thank Senator Markey, Co-Sponsors, and full Senate for unanimously passing the 11th Annual ‘National Asbestos Awareness Week’ Resolution. We are extremely pleased to have such strong bipartisan backing of this critical resolution once again so that we can continue our concerted efforts to educate the public on the dangers of asbestos and build a legacy of hope for victims of asbestos each year.” She continued, “Most Americans can’t identify asbestos or manage the risk associated with repairs, renovation, construction, or disasters. The powerful 15 facts outlined in the resolution underscore the dangers of asbestos. Since 1900, the USA has consumed 31 million metric tons of asbestos, which has caused one of the largest man-made disasters. Each year, 10,000 Americans die from preventable asbestos-caused diseases. We are hopeful and encouraged by efforts to reform the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) from 1976 that has failed to ban asbestos and protect Americans from nearly 84,000 chemicals that have been grandfathered into commerce.”

“My decision to lead the sponsorship of this resolution was an easy one to make as I firmly believe that the key to ending asbestos related deaths is education and prevention and I applaud ADAO for its work to help further this important goal,” stated Senator Edward Markey. “The establishment of the Eleventh Annual Asbestos Awareness Week comes on the heels of my co-introduction, with Senator Barbara Boxer, of another important piece of legislation – the Alan Reinstein and Trevor Schaefer Toxic Chemical Protection Act, S. 725 – which seeks to protect children and communities from the dangers of toxic chemicals and specifically calls for a ban on asbestos. I remain enormously encouraged by the bipartisan efforts taking place to end exposures to toxic substances like asbestos.”

Senator Barbara Boxer said: “Asbestos is one of the most dangerous substances known to humankind – it takes 10,000 lives a year. National Asbestos Awareness Week is an important reminder of why we need to fight to ensure that our families and children are protected from this lethal hazard. That is why Senator Markey and I recently introduced S. 725, the Alan Reinstein and Trevor Schaefer Toxic Chemical Protection Act, which specifically addresses the threat posed by asbestos.”

ADAO has worked with members of the Senate since its founding in 2004 to unanimously pass annual asbestos awareness resolutions and has secured three U.S. Surgeon General asbestos statements in 20092013, and 2014 educating Americans about the dangers of asbestos and steps to prevent exposure. A copy of the resolution can be found here.

ADAO will hold its 11th Annual Asbestos Awareness Conference on April 17 – 19, 2015, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. More than 40 renowned medical experts and asbestos victims from ten countries will speak on the latest advancements in asbestos disease prevention, treatment for mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases, and global ban asbestos advocacy. To register for ADAO’s 2015 conference, click here.

About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO is the largest non-profit in the U.S. dedicated to providing asbestos victims and concerned citizens with a united voice through our education, advocacy, and community initiatives. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure, advocate for an asbestos ban, and protect asbestos victims’ civil rights. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org. ADAO, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, does not make legal referrals.

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Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Thanks 2014 Sponsors, Donors, and Volunteers Who Led a Year of Change

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the largest independent non-profit organization in the U.S. which combines education, advocacy, and community to protect public health and asbestos victims’ civil rights recognizes Sponsors, Donors, and Volunteers who were instrumental in the 2014 ADAO year of impact. As the organization plans for its 2015 conference, leadership takes a moment to specifically call out the names of those who have been so pivotal to this year’s success.

“Sometimes it’s hard to believe we’re coming up on our Eleventh Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference, Where Knowledge and Action Unite, which will be held April 17-19, 2015 in Washington, DC,” stated ADAO President, Linda Reinstein. “We’ve accomplished so much in the first ten years since ADAO was founded in 2004. We’ve welcomed more than 150 conference speakers from across the globe, presented in 19 countries, and built a network of more than 40,000. We offer a heartfelt thanks to the sponsors of our previous conferences and take this opportunity to particularly thank our 2014 donors and sponsors, who helped us take asbestos awareness to new levels of success. We excitedly look at collaborative efforts that work to end the tragedies associated with this lethal mineral.”

ADAO recognizes its 2014 Sponsors and Donors:

2014 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Silver Sponsor

  • Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney and Meisenkothen, LLC

2014 Donors

Alton Miles for Meso Event
Diamond Donor

  • Emily Bankhead

Emerald Donors

  • Tom O’Neil Memorial Donations from Family and Friends
  • Tom’s Friends at the Antelope Club in Clearwater Florida
  • The Trafton and Maude Crandall Foundation
  • The Von St. James Family
  • Jill Cagle

Sapphire Donors

  • Marli Beer
  • Michele Mikulic

Garnet Donors

  • Esther O’Driscoll
  • Paul & Yvonne Hall

About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO is the largest non-profit in the U.S. dedicated to providing asbestos victims and concerned citizens with a united voice through our education, advocacy, and community initiatives. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure, advocate for an asbestos ban, and protect asbestos victims’ civil rights. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.

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Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)

Kim Cecchini

Media Relations

202-391-5205


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Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) to Present at American Public Health Association (APHA) 142nd Annual …

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the largest independent non-profit organization in the U.S. which combines education, advocacy, and community to help ensure justice for asbestos victims; has been selected to present at the American Public Health Association 142nd Annual Meeting and Expo November 15-19 in New Orleans.

APHA’s Annual Meeting & Exposition is where public health professionals convene, learn, network and engage with peers. The annual meeting is focused on strengthening the profession of public health, sharing the latest research and information, promoting best practices and advocating for public health issues and policies grounded in research.

“ADAO is honored to be chosen as a part of the respected community of public health advocates at the 142nd APHA conference,” stated ADAO President and Co-Founder Linda Reinstein. “Although I cannot be there in person due to my participation at the Australian Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASAE) 1st Annual International Conference, I am thankful to my colleague Mark Catlin, for presenting, on our behalf, the important story about the role that asbestos awareness plays in furthering public health.”

On November 17, Mark Catlin, Occupational Health and Safety Director with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Washington, DC, will present on behalf of SEIU and ADAO, about the critical role of asbestos disease awareness in promoting and protecting public health. The presentation, titled “History and Impact of Asbestos on OHS in the U.S. and internationally,” will examine how asbestos has caused one of the largest man-made disasters. Between 1900 and 2013, the U.S. consumed 31 million metric tons of asbestos, which has given rise to continued occupational, environmental, and consumer exposure. Globally, an estimated 2 million tons of asbestos is mined each year, and the U.S. continues to import more than 1,000 tons annually. Equally problematic is the long latency period for asbestos disease to present that results in misdiagnosis and under-reporting. More than 50 countries have banned asbestos, but the U.S. has not. The presentation will provide a brief historical overview of the global asbestos crisis, address the inaccuracies in morbidity data, inadequacies in occupational health and safety protections, and regulatory violations. The presentation will also review progress and challenges in asbestos legislation, health education strategies and global advocacy to prevent exposure and to eliminate asbestos-related diseases.

Despite its known dangers, there is still no global ban on asbestos, and it continues to claim lives. Exposure to asbestos, a human carcinogen, can cause mesothelioma, lung, gastrointestinal, laryngeal, and ovarian cancers; as well as non-malignant lung and pleural disorders. The World Health Organization estimates that 107,000 workers around the world will die every year of an asbestos-related disease, equaling 300 deaths per day.

About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO is the largest non-profit in the U.S. dedicated to providing asbestos victims and concerned citizens with a united voice through our education, advocacy, and community initiatives. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure, advocate for an asbestos ban, and protect asbestos victims’ civil rights. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.

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Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)

Kim Cecchini, Media Relations

202-391-5205


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Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Honored to Present at 12th International Mesothelioma Interest Group …

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the largest independent non-profit organization in the U.S. which combines education, advocacy, and community to help ensure justice for asbestos victims; is honored to be chosen to present at the 2014 International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig) Conference Oct. 21-24 in Cape Town, South Africa. At the event, ADAO President, Linda Reinstein, will discuss the importance of supportive resources for mesothelioma patients and their families. As a conference exhibitor, ADAO will also highlight the important role social advocacy plays in uniting mesothelioma patients and their families, and serving as an international forum to help prevent exposure and efforts to fund a cure.

Ms. Reinstein will share results of the ADAO survey on “Supportive Resources in the Mesothelioma Community” at the 2014 iMig Conference, hosted by the South African Mesothelioma Interest Group (SAMIG), and held at the Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC), featuring experts from across the globe dedicated to improving treatment and research. Considered as a world’s premier medical congress on mesothelioma, iMig’s theme this year is “the ongoing quest for cure.”

Ms. Reinstein will share important facts from the survey that underscore the need for patient focused resources. The online qualitative survey was administered to mesothelioma patients and caregivers through Facebook, Twitter, ADAO eNewsletters, and direct emails. Unfortunately, as Ms. Reinstein will explain, the majority (84%) were not given educational resources from their medical team nor advised to join a support group (92%) upon diagnosis. The majority found online mesothelioma resources improved their lives greatly (60%) or slightly (32%). The important results of the survey underscore that patients and their families rely on online supportive resources to obtain medical information, share personal experiences, build peer-to-peer networks, and improve quality of life.

“Patients want educational resources at the time of diagnosis, but only 16% received such referrals, leaving thousands without this crucial element of palliative care,” stated Ms. Reinstein. “The survey addresses responses to psychosocial burdens faced by mesothelioma patents and caregivers including a steep learning curve, anticipatory grief, social isolation, and ability to endure daily struggles. I look forward to the opportunity to share this critical information with iMig’s conference’s global base.”

ADAO will also share key information about the power of social media through materials that highlight: “Social Advocacy: Where Knowledge and Community Unite.” When her husband was diagnosed with mesothelioma 10 years ago, Ms. Reinstein recognized the need for increased medical resources, greater access to support, and legislative advocacy. ADAO’s social advocacy programs have built a global community spanning nearly 20 countries and more than 40,000 people, earning a ranking of #2 in a Twitter study of 500 health and safety organizations.

“ADAO’s digital storytelling and social advocacy efforts have led to three statements on the dangers of asbestos from Acting U.S. Surgeons General, Senate Resolutions, and Global Asbestos Awareness Week,” explained Ms. Reinstein. “ADAO’s results confirm the positive benefits of social advocacy to support patients and families, influence lawmakers, shape policy, and increase funding for research.”

Despite its known dangers, there is still no global ban on asbestos, and it continues to claim lives. Exposure to asbestos, a human carcinogen, can cause mesothelioma, lung, gastrointestinal, laryngeal, and ovarian cancers; as well as non-malignant lung and pleural disorders. The World Health Organization estimates that 107,000 workers around the world will die every year of an asbestos-related disease, equaling 300 deaths per day.

About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO is the largest non-profit in the U.S. dedicated to providing asbestos victims and concerned citizens with a united voice through our education, advocacy, and community initiatives. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure, advocate for an asbestos ban, and protect asbestos victims’ civil rights. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.

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Kim Cecchini, Media Relations

202-391-5205


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ADAO Hosts “Jammin’ for Asbestos Awareness” Concert with the Bob Rahe Family, Featuring Renowned National and Local …

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the largest independent non-profit organization in the U.S. which combines education, advocacy, and community to help ensure justice for asbestos victims; today announced the “Jammin’ for Asbestos Awareness” Concert September 26 in Omaha, Nebraska. Hosted in conjunction with the Bob Rahe Family, the event features top national and local performers who are joining together to celebrate the life of asbestos victims.

The concert, which coincides with National Mesothelioma Awareness Day, was inspired by the memory of Bob Rahe, who lost his battle to mesothelioma. ADAO is sponsoring the concert to further its efforts as the leader in building asbestos awareness communities in the fight against asbestos.

“As the only organization dedicated to combining education, advocacy, and community through a truly global, volunteer-driven effort, ADAO is excited to support the Jammin’ for Asbestos Awareness Concert as another great example of how we can all come together to fight deadly asbestos diseases,” stated ADAO Co-Founder and President Linda Reinstein. “We owe our sincere thanks to our volunteers, interns, supporters, donors, patients and their families, LeadershipScience Advisory Board, and our National Spokesperson Jordan Zevon, who will be featured at the event. Our network includes over 20,000 individuals eager to live in a world without asbestos; we expresses our sincere gratitude to the Bob Rahe Family for being a part of this network, and organizing this event in memory of Bob.”

“The Bob Rahe Family supports the efforts of ADAO in all respects,” stated the family spokesperson for the event. “Bob Rahe was a father, brother, and uncle who came into contact with asbestos during a summer job. We had no idea that over 30 years later, he would be diagnosed with a deadly cancer relating to this exposure. Many people are unaware that the U.S. continues to import asbestos into our country, and that we are still utilizing products that contain this poisonous hazard. We are organizing this event to promote education and awareness. Maybe, one day, with all of us armed with much more knowledge than we had yesterday, we can look towards a cure.”

The concert will take place at 7 pm on September 26 at the Slowdown, located at 729 North 14th Street in Omaha; doors open at 6 pm. Interested parties can purchase tickets online or at the door for $20 each. The first 50 ticket holders to enter the Slowdown will receive a free event t-shirt.

PERFORMERS:

Local Bands:
The Jiggawatts, CleverLumpy GravyMandown, and Cosmic Radio

National Singers/Musicians:
Jordan Zevon, ADAO National Spokesperson
Troi Atkinson, Mesothelioma Patient

Despite its known dangers, there is still no global ban on asbestos, and it continues to claim lives. Exposure to asbestos, a human carcinogen, can cause mesothelioma, lung, gastrointestinal, laryngeal, and ovarian cancers; as well as non-malignant lung and pleural disorders. The World Health Organization estimates that 107,000 workers around the world will die every year of an asbestos-related disease, equaling 300 deaths per day.

About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO is the largest non-profit in the U.S. dedicated to providing asbestos victims and concerned citizens with a united voice through our education, advocacy, and community initiatives. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure, advocate for an asbestos ban, and protect asbestos victims’ civil rights. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.

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Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)

Kim Cecchini, 202-391-5205

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ADAO’s Sixth Congressional Staff Briefing Calls for Congress to Take Action to End Asbestos Exposure

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the largest independent non-profit organization in the U.S. which combines education, advocacy, and community to help ensure justice for asbestos victims, will be conducting its sixth congressional briefing today in Washington, DC. Held from 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT in the U.S. Senate Dirksen Building, the briefing will include well known asbestos experts from the medical, industrial, and environmental communities – providing more than one hundred years of knowledge within a highly educational hour.

The briefing, “Asbestos: The Impact on Public Health and the Environment”, underscores the need for meaningful asbestos reform legislation, and points to the fatal flaws in current Senate Bills: “Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013” (S. 1009) – a TSCA reform measure, and the “Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2014” (S. 2319), neither of which address asbestos dangers nor protect asbestos victims. The briefing will cover the latest information on the asbestos crisis, and will include experts in the field and messages from constituents.

Mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases claim the lives of more than 10,000 Americans each year and imports continue. Most Americans unfortunately do not know how to recognize asbestos and do not realize that its dangers continue, even in their own homes, schools, and public buildings. In 1984, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated there were asbestos containing materials in most of the nation’s approximately 107,000 primary and secondary schools and 733,000 public and commercial buildings. During the briefing, ADAO will also call on Congress to investigate continued asbestos imports and initiate a new study to evaluate the risk of vermiculate insulation in millions of homes.

“Although many people—perhaps even Members of Congress—mistakenly believe that asbestos is a declining threat, the recent asbestos emergency within the halls of Congress should serve as a sobering reminder that this man-made disaster continues to plague unsuspecting Americans in homes, schools, and workplaces,” stated ADAO Co-Founder and President Linda Reinstein. “Both chambers of Congress have unveiled legislation to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA), which governs the use of asbestos and thousands of other chemicals. Unfortunately, instead of banning known killers like asbestos, these bills as drafted do nothing to protect the public from toxic substances and even weaken and eliminate existing safety measures. In addition, the so-called FACT Act allows liable asbestos related companies to delay recovery and deny compensation for victims, in addition to violating victims’ privacy. It is time for legislation with true asbestos reform and justice for victims, and for the additional research and education needed to protect Americans from the dangers of asbestos. Americans can’t identify asbestos or manage the risk and ADAO feels it is imperative that Congress investigates the present dangers of asbestos, especially Libby Vermiculite Insulation, which was widely used throughout our country. Enough is enough; it is time for action.”

Briefing Presenters and Topics Include:

  • Asbestos: History, Facts, and Stats – Barry Castleman, ScD, Environmental Consultant
  • Diagnosing and Treating Asbestos-Related Diseases – Christine Oliver, MD, MPH, MS, FACPM
  • Asbestos Exposures in Homes, Schools, and Workplaces – Tony Rich, Industrial Hygienist
  • Asbestos Took My Son Away – Sandra Neuenschwander, Mesothelioma Victim
  • Asbestos Impact: Medically, Legally, and TSCA Reform – Linda Reinstein, President, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

Despite its known dangers, there is still no global ban on asbestos, and it continues to claim lives. Exposure to asbestos, a human carcinogen, can cause mesothelioma, lung, gastrointestinal, laryngeal, and ovarian cancers; as well as non-malignant lung and pleural disorders. The World Health Organization estimates that 107,000 workers around the world will die every year of an asbestos-related disease, equaling 300 deaths per day.

About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO is the largest non-profit in the U.S. dedicated to providing asbestos victims and concerned citizens with a united voice through our education, advocacy, and community initiatives. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure, advocate for an asbestos ban, and protect asbestos victims’ civil rights. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.

Contact:

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Pipes with asbestos still used in new buildings

Pipes containing asbestos are being installed in new condominiums, hospitals and high-rises in Canada, despite widespread health concerns that have led many countries to ban its use.

The new installations come as cities across the country are spending millions of dollars to manage and remove asbestos materials from public buildings such as schools, community centres, courts and medical facilities.

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Unlike most other developed countries, Canada has never banned the use of asbestos and continues to import and export asbestos-containing materials, such as pipes and tiles, The Globe and Mail has reported.

Asbestos-cement pipes are allowed in both Canada and the United States, though there are regulations about how to cut and dispose of them. It is unclear how many asbestos-cement pipes are being installed in Toronto and other cities, and there appear to be no central records of where asbestos is being used. Once the products are imported into Canada, it’s difficult to pinpoint where it actually gets sold. A key concern is that many workers, tenants and owners may not know asbestos materials are in their buildings, raising the risk of accidental exposures particularly in the event of a fire, or as the materials start to deteriorate.

The World Health Organization has declared all forms of asbestos carcinogenic and recommends its use be eliminated. In Canada, asbestos has become the top on-the-job killer, causing diseases such as mesothelioma and asbestosis. Evidence has found even low levels of exposure raise the risk of cancer.

The distributor of some of the pipes is Portneuf, Que.-based Tuyaux Logard Inc., whose owner said Toronto is a key market for the company.

All of Logard’s pipes contain asbestos. They are imported from other countries including Mexico, while Logard cuts and distributes them to contractors in Canada. The company, which employs about 25 people, wouldn’t disclose its revenue or volumes imported for competitive reasons. But Statistics Canada trade data show Canada imported about $2.2-million in asbestos-containing pipes, tiles, sheets, panels and tubes from 2010 to 2013.

Logard also supplies contractors through Ontario and Quebec, and on occasion, the Maritimes, the company’s owner Louis Beauregard says.

Another recent customer was the McGill University Health Centre, he said, a billion-dollar-plus, Montreal mega-hospital which was built by SNC-Lavalin. SNC-Lavalin said in an e-mail the pipes are used in stormwater drainage and noted the only risk with this type of pipe is “when it is being cut upon installation,” a risk that is regulated by the province . “There are no risks associated with this type of piping once installation is completed,” the company said.

Logard is not the only supplier of asbestos-cement pipes in Ontario. Brampton-based Crowle Fittings and Supplies distributes them through the Greater Toronto Area as well (imported from Mexico) and says a “good majority” of the high-rise buildings going up in Toronto are using them, in parking garages or running up to the roof.

Some provinces have boosted restrictions on asbestos, which has curtailed use. In British Columbia, “tightened current regulations have generally stopped the current use of asbestos-cement pipes,” said Al Johnson, vice-president of prevention services at WorkSafeBC. The issue of safe use has surfaced at Ontario’s Ministry of Labour. The ministry said in an e-mail that it has encountered cases of employers or contractors who are not following the rules, noting that in those cases a provincial inspector can stop the job. “It is always a concern for the Ministry of Labour when asbestos is being installed or removed in a workplace,” the ministry said.

The Globe and Mail visited a dozen construction sites in Toronto, Markham and Vaughan, from luxury condos to commercial offices. Asbestos-cement pipes were being installed in at least eight of the sites, principally for drainage. The pipes were stamped with the word “asbestos” on them.

The concern, people in the industry say, is that proper procedures are not always followed and that the fibres could become airborne, endangering both workers on the site and future occupants in buildings.

Tom Kelly, president of Inscan Kaefer Inc., an insulation and asbestos abatement company, says it’s incongruous he’s being asked to remove precisely the same types of pipes that are now being newly installed.

“The regulations are largely geared to removing it,” Mr. Kelly said. “We weren’t anticipating that new piles of this stuff would be installed.”

Mr. Kelly is concerned that a lack of awareness among workers will lead to inadvertent exposures during installations. He also has specific concerns: that the improper use of a handsaw or power saw could generate dust; that, even if a site is wet, fibres could become airborne as it dries; that waste or cut-off pieces of pipe are not being disposed of properly; and that workers may be cutting and working with parts of pipes that don’t have the asbestos stamp on them.

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ADAO Announces Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak, Acting U.S. Surgeon General, as 2014 Keynote Speaker

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), which combines education, advocacy, and community to help ensure justice for asbestos victims, today announced Rear Admiral (RADM) Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H., Acting United States Surgeon General, as the keynote speaker at its 2014 conference. At the upcoming 10th Annual Asbestos Awareness Conference to be held April 4-6 in Washington, D.C., Dr. Lushniak will join a premier list of more than 30 renowned speakers from ten countries who will present on the latest advancements in asbestos disease prevention, treatment for mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases, and global ban asbestos advocacy.

As the Acting United States Surgeon General, Dr. Lushniak articulates the best available scientific information to the public regarding ways to improve personal health and the health of the Nation. He also oversees the operations of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, comprising approximately 6,700 uniformed health officers who serve in locations around the world to promote, protect, and advance the health and safety of our Nation. Dr. Lushniak served as Deputy Surgeon General from November 2010, until July 17, 2013, when he assumed the duties of Acting U.S. Surgeon General.

“ADAO is privileged to welcome Dr. Lushniak as our 2014 keynote speaker,” stated ADAO Co-Founder and President, Linda Reinstein. “Dr. Lushniak has been a passionate promoter of public health for decades, having joined the USPHS in 1988. We are truly honored that he will lend his valuable time and expertise to our 10th Annual Conference to help us promote important information about the dangers of asbestos exposure.”

The Office of the Surgeon General has played an instrumental role in helping to promote asbestos awareness, having issued two official statements during National Asbestos Week since 2009. ADAO has collaborated over the years with the Office, having worked with four U.S. Surgeons General to date.

“I am very happy that my old friend and Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak will be joining us as our Keynote Speaker for this year’s conference celebrating our 10th year of advocating for the victims of asbestos-related diseases and their families,” said Dr. Richard A. Lemen, Assistant Surgeon General, USPHS (Ret.) and ADAO Science Advisory Board Co-Chairman. “It is certainly an honor that the leader of the Nation’s Premier Public Health Agency will share with us his thoughts about asbestos-related diseases and their elimination.”

Despite its known dangers, there is still no global ban on asbestos, and it continues to claim lives. Exposure to asbestos, a human carcinogen, can cause mesothelioma, lung, gastrointestinal, laryngeal, and ovarian cancers; as well as non-malignant lung and pleural disorders. The World Health Organization estimates that 107,000 workers around the world will die every year of an asbestos-related disease, equaling 300 deaths per day.

ADAO will hold its Tenth Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference on April 4-6, 2014, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA.

About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO is the largest non-profit in the U.S. dedicated to providing asbestos victims and concerned citizens with a united voice through our education, advocacy, and community initiatives. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure, advocate for an asbestos ban, and protect asbestos victims’ civil rights. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.

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ADAO Announces Esteemed Speakers for 2014 Conference – to Coincide with 10th Year Anniversary

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), which combines education, advocacy, and community to help ensure justice for asbestos victims, today announced the list of 30+ esteemed speakers scheduled to present at the upcoming 10th Annual Asbestos Awareness Conference April 4-6 in Washington, DC. ADAO also celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year, marking a decade of asbestos awareness success since the organization’s inception in 2004.

ADAO began as a grassroots advocacy effort with the mesothelioma diagnosis of the beloved husband of the organization’s Co-Founder and President, Linda Reinstein. Since its inception in 2004, the Larkin and Reinstein families have worked with a tireless, dedicated group of volunteers to become the leading “voice of the victims” in the United States.

“I look at where ADAO has come since I began this journey as the confused and angry wife of an innocent asbestos victim and it has made me realize even more how we are all connected by a strong thread of hope that weaves itself across continents and lives,” stated Ms. Reinstein. “Since my husband Alan was diagnosed, more than 100,000 Americans have died from preventable asbestos-caused diseases and imports continue. As we celebrate the 10th year anniversary of ADAO and welcome our global supporters and speakers to this year’s conference, I’m reminded more than ever that there is strength in numbers. Although Alan is no longer with us, his memory lives on, along with the memory of so many more whose lives have been lost to asbestos-related disease. ADAO will continue to ensure each life lost was not in vain, as we continue to create a firestorm of action to finally ban asbestos and end its tragedy.”

The 10th Annual Asbestos Awareness Conference, themed “Where Knowledge and Action Unite,” will feature more than 30 expert speakers from ten countries who will present on the latest advancements in asbestos disease prevention, treatment for mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases, and global ban asbestos advocacy.

The recently finalized list includes a highly esteemed group of research, advocacy, and medical experts:

  • Syed Ahmed
  • Marilyn Amento
  • Brad Black, MD
  • Michael Bradley, Mesothelioma Patient
  • Jill Cagle
  • Barbara Catlin, M.Ac
  • Barry Castleman, ScD
  • Francois Desriaux, Association Nationale de Défense des Victimes de l’Amiante (ANDEVA)
  • David Egilman, MD
  • Arthur Frank, MD, PhD
  • Ellen Costa
  • Fernanda Giannasi, Associação Brasileira dos Expostos ao Amianto (ABREA)
  • Michael Harbut, MD, MPH, FCCP
  • Marc Hindry, Association Nationale de Défense des Victimes de l’Amiante (ANDEVA)
  • Sinem Kankotan
  • Richard Lemen, PhD, MSPH
  • Steven Markowitz, MD
  • Barbi McQueen
  • Jim Melius, MD
  • Captain Aubrey K. Miller, M.D., M.P.H.,
  • Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH
  • Christine Oliver, MD, MPH, MS, FACPM
  • Ellen Patton, Mesothelioma Patient
  • Pierre Pluta, Association Nationale de Défense des Victimes de l’Amiante (ANDEVA)
  • Bill Ravanesi, MPH
  • Patrice Raveneau, Association Nationale de Défense des Victimes de l’Amiante (ANDEVA)
  • Linda Reinstein, ADAO Cofounder
  • Barry Robson, Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia (ADFA)
  • Joachim Rosler, MD
  • Ann Samuelson
  • Ken Takahashi, MD, PhD
  • Lisa Rahe Thompson
  • Susan Vento
  • Heather Von St James, Mesothelioma Patient
  • Yvonne Waterman,
  • Congressman Henry Waxman * by Video
  • James Webber, PhD
  • Heather White, Environmental Working Group
  • Lou Williams, Mesothelioma Patient
  • Jordan Zevon, ADAO National Spokesperson & Musician

Collaborating with organizations around the world for a global asbestos ban, ADAO has become a leader in social media advocacy and community outreach for asbestos victims, their families, and loved ones to share support, resources, and provide hope. ADAO has shifted education and awareness activities into high gear – with an unparalleled effort to educate the public and medical community about asbestos-related diseases and preventing exposure. Responsible for two Surgeon General asbestos warnings and ten Senate Resolutions designating April as Asbestos Awareness Week each year, ADAO is recognized as one of the largest organizations fighting for justice on behalf of asbestos victims in the US and abroad. The organization has presented to audiences throughout the U.S., Japan, Turkey, Mexico, Thailand, Holland, France, China, Italy, India, Brazil, Canada, Australia, and England.

Despite its known dangers, there is still no global ban on asbestos, and it continues to claim lives. Exposure to asbestos, a human carcinogen, can cause mesothelioma, lung, gastrointestinal, laryngeal, and ovarian cancers; as well as non-malignant lung and pleural disorders. The World Health Organization estimates that 107,000 workers around the world will die every year of an asbestos-related disease, equaling 300 deaths per day.

ADAO will hold its Tenth Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference on April 4 – 6, 2014, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA.

About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO is the largest non-profit in the U.S. dedicated to providing asbestos victims and concerned citizens with a united voice through our education, advocacy, and community initiatives. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure, advocate for an asbestos ban, and protect asbestos victims’ civil rights. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.

Contact:
Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)

Kim Cecchini

Media Relations

202-391-5205


Kim@asbestosdiseaseawareness.org

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ADAO Announces Esteemed Speakers for 2014 Conference – to Coincide with 10th Year Anniversary