Why is asbestos still killing people? Nic Fleming finds out in a twisting tale of industry cover-ups and misinformation that spans decades.
Given that asbestos could be present in any building refurbished or built before 2000 in the UK (before 1990 in Canada) – homes, hospitals, schools, offices – it’s likely that the specialist removal companies will be busy for years to come. So too will be the clinics and hospitals dealing with the human casualties of the appalling legacy of a mineral called asbestos.
"Betty" is a purpose built, mobile model home designed to demonstrate where asbestos might be found in and around any Australian home built or renovated before 1987. Betty was created by the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute (ADRI) in Australia. ADRI aims to improve the prevention, the diagnosis and treatment of asbestos-related diseases.
Betty is the first of her kind in the world and her mission is to educate all Australians about the dangers of asbestos so they stop playing renovation roulette and think smart, think safe, think asbestosawareness.com.au because it's not worth the risk! Betty was launched in November of 2012. This promotional video was filmed during Betty's Tour of Central West NSW.To find out more, visit Betty's web page or follow Betty on Facebook .
The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is working to reduce cancer incidence by educating workers in BC - and the British Columbia population at large - on ways to reduce their exposures to asbestos through their Community Right to Know Campaign. The campaign will also improve cancer screening by encouraging workers to sign up for WorkSafeBC's new exposure registry. The information obtained through the registry will be kept as a permanent record of a worker’s exposure.
AREA Fund provided a grant to the BC & Yukon Division of CCS in support of this community awareness campaign.