Asbestos Awareness Week - 21 November to 25 November 2011

Asbestos Awareness Week is a great opportunity for unions, workers, sufferers of asbestos-related disease, governments and others to focus attention on asbestos issues. Large numbers of Australian workplaces still contain asbestos, and Australia continues to suffer one of the highest known rates of asbestos related disease, per head of population, in the world. 

Monday November 21 
Launch of Asbestos Awareness Week Bella Union Bar, 6pm,

  • Launch of Asbestos Wise.
  • Film screening -  Breathless from Canada followed by supper, drinks and discussion. 

Bella Union Bar, Trades Hall (Cnr Lygon and Victoria St, Carlton South). Free, all welcome.

Wednesday November 23 
Asbestos in Schools  - Run by the Australian Education Union
Asbestos labelling in schools – where are we up to and what are the issues? 

The forum will hear from a teacher member talking about his experience with the labelling pilot, and another to talk about a recent exposure to asbestos at the school: circumstances, process and outcomes.
4.30pm – 6pm  AEU 112 Trennery Cres, Abbotsford
All  welcome - but registration required by Nov 23 - Email Gayle Bernhardt

Thursday November 24
Annual VTHC Asbestos Lecture - Asbestos Management Review progress and update

Panel discussion:
•Geoff Fary, Chair Asbestos Management Review
•Deborah Vallance, National OHS Manager, AMWU
•CFMEU speaker,
•David Clement,   Asbestos Wise President

Also at Bella Union Bella Union Bar, Trades Hall, 6pm
More information on Bella Union events: email or phone Renata Musolino (03 9659 3571) 

Friday November 25 
Two events at BMW Edge, Federation Square:
•10.15 am Launch of Cancer Council Mesothelioma Booklet
•11am Asbestos Wise Commemoration Service

Followed by CFMEU BBQ on the banks of the Yarra River. Free, all welcome

Gippsland Asbestos Awareness Week events

Links: Asbestos Register survey