Registration for the 2009 Asbestos Awareness Day Conference opened December 11, 2008. The conference is scheduled from March 27-29, 2009 in Manhattan Beach, California. Attendees are expected to be similar to the demographic of the past four conferences, which included those affected by asbestos-related illnesses, medical professionals, scientists, and industry experts. Information for every aspect of living and working around asbestos as safely as possible and tips on how to avoid asbestos exposure will be discussed. Employers will get tips on making their workplaces safer and ensuring that their employees have the proper training in order to deal with asbestos if it is encountered. Medical experts will be on hand to give advice about diagnosing asbestos-related diseases and how to deal with them.
The highlight of the event will be keynote speaker Jordan Zevon, a popular musician whose father, Warren, died from asbestos exposure. The goal of the conference is to increase the awareness of the dangers of asbestos. It seeks to inform the public and employers of the signs of asbestos in the workplace and early symptoms of the diseases it causes in the body. Attendees will learn about exposure to asbestos in the workplace and other causes of exposure. Another highlight of the conference will be a focus on the asbestos crisis that is growing throughout the world, particularly in the world’s second most populous nation, India, which imports more asbestos than any other nation on Earth. Asbestos is common in many third world countries, where construction products containing it are cheaper to purchase than safer alternatives without asbestos. A global awareness of the dangers of asbestos leading to a worldwide decrease in their trade is necessary in order to protect every human from asbestos exposure. The Asbestos Day Awareness Conference looks to start global awareness by educating the public at the local level.