Work-related asbestos disease kills more than 107,000 every year according to the World Health Organization. Worldwide some 125 million are still exposed to asbestos at work.
Despite a decades old ban on asbestos use in many industrialized nations, the legacy of its workplace and community exposures continues to take a toll. Ontario researchers anticipate 500 new asbestos-related cancer cases annually for the next 10 years.
An upcoming symposium will raise awareness of historic and ongoing workplace asbestos exposures and discuss and encourage the role of screening, early detection and appropriate medical referral.
Symposium participants will hear from Canadian researchers as well as Dr. Tushar Kant Joshi, Director, Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India. Dr. Joshi will speak about India’s ongoing reliance upon asbestos and the emerging epidemic of asbestos-related disease.
Offering a perspective on behalf of asbestos victims and their families is Eric Jonckheere, President, Belgian Society for Asbestos Victims. Mr. Jonckheere lost his father, mother and two brothers to asbestos-related disease.
Symposium sponsors include:
- Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario.
Register for asbestos disease symposium today! Space is limited.
The asbestos disease symposium will be of interest to workers and workplace representatives, compensation advocates, prevention leaders, clinicians, policy makers and others.
When? Thursday, September 27, 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where? St. Michael's Hospital,Paul Marshall Lecture Theatre
30 Bond St., Toronto, ON Queen Wing, First floor/Ground floor
The symposium is free. To reserve a seat, RSVPto Alex Cohen, OHCOW email@example.com
or call 416-510-8713, press 1 for provincial office.