Recently, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) announced they would serve as a resource to the U.S. Congress for the fourth time at an upcoming Senate Staff Briefing. The briefing is titled “Asbestos: The Impact on Public Health, the Environment, and the Economy.”
Featured in the briefing will be several individuals and topics related to asbestos exposure, mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Some of the topics and speakers include:
- “Epidemiology: Understanding How Asbestos Causes Diseases” by Richard A. Lemen, Ph.D., MSPH, Assistant Surgeon General, USPHS (ret.)
- “Treating Mesothelioma and Other Asbestos-Caused Diseases” by Raja Flores, MD, Chief of Thoracic Surgery, Mount Sinai Medical Center.
- “EPA (TSCA) and OSHA Regulatory Framework and Concerns” by Tom Laubenthal, Technical Chief, The Environmental Institute.
- “A Patient’s Mesothelioma Journey” by Ellen Patton, mesothelioma patient.
- “Asbestos Exposure throughout the U.S.: Imports, Natural Disasters, and the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (S. 1009)” by Linda Reinstein, President, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization.
This briefing can only be attended by members of Congress and their staff. It is not open to the public. However, ADAO suggests that interested individuals get involved through one or more of the following ways:
- You can continue to call and invite your U.S. Senators to send staffers to the briefing. ADAO reports that 18 states have confirmed staffers planning to attend.
- You can also “share your story” with ADAO and join a community of individuals who are impacted by similar situations related to asbestos exposure, mesothelioma, lung cancer, or asbestosis.
- Lastly, you can sign and share ADAO’s petition that urges Congress to protect public health by banning asbestos.
ADAO supports legislation that prevents asbestos exposure. By attending events like this Senate Staff Briefing, ADAO can continue to inform Congressional leaders of the dangers of exposure to toxins like asbestos.
The Firm is dedicated to ending asbestos exposure and mesothelioma by supporting organizations like the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization. Since 1999, the Firm has donated nearly $20 to cancer research. A significant portion of which was donated through the Simmons Mesothelioma Foundation to help expert medical and scientific researchers make dramatic advances in mesothelioma treatment options for patients and their families.