It is with great regret that we have taken a tough decision to postpone all future events including Mesothelioma in the Midlands, Workers Memorial Day, Well-being Lunches and Lighthouse Group Meetings.
We are in a situation with coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) outbreak to cancel gatherings officially as per the Government advice to date. We will always act in the best interests of our members who use our services – so while it’s appropriate to recognise the need for us to continue our focus on delivering our services, we will always balance this with our responsibility to check that the safety of our staff, volunteers and our members.
We would like to update our service users on how we are responding to the outbreak of Covid19, (coronavirus) and how we plan to approach future decisions as the situation develops.
We will always act in the best interests of our patients, carers and family members who use our services – so while it’s appropriate to recognise the need for us to continue our focus on delivering our services, we will always balance this with our responsibility to check that the safety of our staff, volunteers and our service users.
With funding from Foundation Derbyshire, we have been able to produce a new information leaflet entitled Asbestos and Agriculture. This aims to give guidance to those working on farms where asbestos might be present. Millions of tonnes of the substance was imported to the UK in the 20th century, and it was regularly used in farm buildings.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the UK ban on asbestos. Since 1999, it has been illegal to use or import asbestos, to the benefit of everyone’s long term health.
This victory, of great importance to millions of trade union members, must be marked. Although there are no new imports and uses of asbestos here, there are still thousands of tonnes present in our national infrastructure. We must continue to highlight this ongoing risk. We should also take this opportunity to remind people why this ban is vitally important. In these times of political instability, the repeal of the asbestos ban is not beyond the realms of possibility. The anniversary is a wonderful opportunity to promote these issues.
Action Mesothelioma Day is always the first Friday in July. It was originally designated by the British Lung Foundation in 2006. It is commemorated by the Asbestos Victims Support Groups’ Forum, medical charities and other interested groups.