12 deaths a week from asbestos in Australia
WITH about 12 deaths a week from mesothelioma in Australia, the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency is bringing some of the world’s leading experts to Australia for the second International Conference in Asbestos Awareness and Management - part of National Asbestos Awareness month.
The conference will address the legacy threat of asbestos in homes, workplaces, and the built environment, which is linked to a third wave of asbestos related disease in Australia.
Under the National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Management and Awareness, the Australian Government, in partnership with all states and territories, is taking a national approach to increasing asbestos awareness.
“Australia has one of the highest rates of asbestos-related disease and death,” ASEA CEO Peter Tighe said.
“The risk of exposure to asbestos-related disease has not gone away with the end of asbestos mining and manufacturing – one third of homes in Australia today contain asbestos products and the renovation boom is contributing to new threats.
“Illegal dumping of asbestos is a major environmental and health problem facing councils and state environmental agencies.”
Through coordinating the plan, the agency works with all stakeholders affected by asbestos and asbestos-related diseases to collaborate to reducing asbestos related disease in Australia.
“Our national strategy to reduce Australians’ exposure to asbestos and asbestos-related disease will help put Australia at the forefront of global efforts to deal with the deadly substance, and help the nation tackle asbestos in the built environment.
“These efforts will set Australia up for the future in dealing with the enormous legacy issues regarding asbestos-containing materials in our domestic built environment.”
The conference is in Brisbane.