Note: links to specific asbestos campaigns are at foot ot this page
Asbestos- An Introduction:
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral which is almost indestructible. Its resistance to heat led to its use in thousands of products yet medical science has proved that breathing asbestos dust can kill.
An asbestos fibre is typically 2000 times thinner than a human hair. These fibres bypass the body's defence system and get deep into the lung, where they can cause serious damage.
Despite being banned in 1999 asbestos is still the biggest single cause of work related deaths in the UK.
Internationally the situation is even worse. Despite the known risks to health, asbestos is still mined in many countries including Russia, China, Brazil, Kazakhstan and India.
Each year they mine around 20,000,000 tonnes of asbestos.
You can take action to stop the misery of asbestos related diseases today; just follow the links below.
New Medical Research Initiative
The Management of Asbestos in Schools Consultation
Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum www.asbestosforum.org.uk
International Ban Asbestos Secretariat www.ibasecretariat.org
Asbestos Support West Midlands www.asbestossupportwm.org
Hazards Magazine- Asbestos Section www.hazards.org/asbestos
Asbestos in Schools Campaign www.asbestosexposureschools.co.uk