UKATA Lends Support to Action Mesothelioma Day Friday 1 July 2016
- Date: Friday 1st July 2016
Originally conceived by the British Lung Foundation in 2006 to place mesothelioma on the public agenda; today Action Mesothelioma Day is commemorated by the Asbestos Victims Support Groups’ Forum, medical charities and other interested groups. The “Forget-Me-Not” poem was born out of the stories of hard working people DAST members meet every day. The poem ends with a positive message about campaigning for moral and human rights and research to prevent future ill-health.
“2016 has seen scientists and clinicians from around the world meeting to better understand mesothelioma but until the time we find a cure, prevention is our best defence and asbestos training remains critical when it comes to saving lives,” added Craig. “Greater awareness among the public is a key issue and makes local events like this one invaluable as we look to put asbestos at the front of the public consciousness.”
Based at Markham Vale, UKATA registered trainers work with businesses across the country to ensure no one who may come into contact with asbestos does so without the necessary training to protect themselves and others. A silent killer, around 5,000 people still die of asbestos related illnesses each year, making asbestos the biggest single cause of work related deaths in the UK. It is these figures that make cooperation between UKATA and DAST all the more important.
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