Global Asbestos Awareness Week: A Call to Action from IATP

As we approach Global Asbestos Awareness Week, the Independent Asbestos Training Providers (IATP) stands united with organisations and individuals worldwide to shine a spotlight on the critical issue of asbestos exposure and its preventable diseases. This week is a vital opportunity to raise awareness, educate on safe practices, and remember those who have been affected by asbestos-related conditions.

Asbestos remains a significant health risk, hidden within the fabric of buildings old and new, lurking in places you least expect. Despite its known dangers, asbestos exposure continues, making our collective efforts in education, prevention, and advocacy more important than ever.

What is Global Asbestos Awareness Week?

Global Asbestos Awareness Week, observed annually, aims to increase awareness of asbestos and prevent exposure by bringing together experts and victims from around the world to share, learn, and take action. It’s a time for education on the risks of asbestos, advocating for its safe removal, and pushing for legal measures to protect public health.

IATP’s Commitment

The IATP is dedicated to raising the standards of asbestos training, ensuring that those who work with or around asbestos are equipped with the knowledge and skills to do so safely. Our members offer accredited training and a variety of asbestos services, including analysis, surveying, licensed and non-licensed removal, and face fit testing.

Join Us in Raising Awareness

This Global Asbestos Awareness Week, we invite you to join us in our efforts:

  • Educate Yourself and Others: Take advantage of the resources and training offered by IATP members to learn more about asbestos, its health risks, and safe handling practices.
  • Spread the Word: Use your voice on social media, within your community, and in your professional networks to highlight the importance of asbestos awareness. Share stories, facts, and resources to help inform and protect others.
  • Remember and Advocate: Pay tribute to those who have suffered from asbestos-related diseases. Use this week as a catalyst to advocate for stricter asbestos regulations and safer work environments.

Closing Thoughts

Asbestos awareness and safety are not just a concern for one week of the year; they are critical year-round. However, Global Asbestos Awareness Week serves as a powerful reminder of the work still needed to eradicate asbestos-related diseases. Together, through education, advocacy, and action, we can make a difference.

Join us in making this Global Asbestos Awareness Week a turning point in the fight against asbestos. Your voice, your actions, and your commitment can save lives.

The IATP dedicates memorials to the remembrance of those affected by asbestos.

Did you know that more people die each year of Mesothelioma than die due to Road Traffic Accidents*.

The HSE have just released new figures showing that past exposure to asbestos killed 2,538 in Great Britain in 2013. It is very possible that this figure is actually much higher but the recorded cause of death is down to a secondary cause, such as a heart attack.

Action Mesothelioma Day is a national event, with mesothelioma groups and organisations from around the country marking the day with a range of events and activities.

This year the IATP has dedicated two memorials to the remembrance of those, whose lives have been affected by asbestos.

A bench along the South Carriage Drive of Battersea Park will be installed within the next couple of weeks.  A brass plaque will be mounted on the bench with the inscription:

“The IATP – Raising Asbestos Awareness Together
Remembering those whose lives have been affected by asbestos
The living owe it to those who can no longer speak
to tell their story for them”

The dedication will be on an ornate steel bench, which will be there for many years to come.


The IATP have also dedicated one of Kew Garden’s renowned bulb displays in honour those affected by asbestos. The Snow Drop display has been selected and can be found in the Conservation Area at Kew Gardens, part of Kew’s 16-hectare Natural Areas, which are around Queen Charlotte’s Cottage.

The Snow Drop is a symbol of Hope and one of the first flowers of spring, it is also the flower long associated with the mesothelioma community.

The dedication will be recorded on the Commemorative Touchscreen Register in the Secluded Garden glasshouse at Kew Gardens.

We wish everyone organising and taking part in an event for Action Mesothelioma Day, Good Luck and hope they have a great day.
The IATP will be carrying out a sponsored event, where we will be sending two teams to complete the Ben Nevis Charity Challenge. This is an exciting team challenge set in the stunning Scottish Highlands. Teams of four are challenged to climb Ben Nevis, cycle 25 miles (on road) and canoe Loch Lochy. All funds raised will go to the IATP’s chosen charity. We do still have a couple of places available on this challenge should anyone be interested in taking part please contact

*Figures taken from Department for Transport Statistical Release – 26.06.2014 and Health and Safety Executive Press Release – 01.07.2015

BBC programme highlights the heart-breaking and all too common issue of Asbestos in Schools

A recent programme on BBC Victoria Derbyshire highlighted the all too real issue of asbestos in schools. The item featured three individuals who believe that their mesothelioma was caused by asbestos in schools.

Schools are seen as a place of education and development, not somewhere you expect to develop a disease that will take your life from you.

The programme highlights that between 2003 and 2012 nearly 22,000 people died of mesothelioma, for 224 of these individuals their last recorded profession was teaching.

How many of those that have died of mesothelioma have worked in schools previously, attended a school where asbestos was present or changed profession prior to their death? The true scale of the problem is unknown.

One of the three individuals interviewed who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma; Jenny Davis, who believe she came in to contact with asbestos through her job as a science teacher said she has no hopes but fear not knowing what it will be like when she dies.

The programme goes on to state the ¾ of schools in the UK contain asbestos and that legislation requires; as a minimum an asbestos register, monitoring, training and to notify others of the presence of asbestos.

The National Union of Teachers has called for the new government to deal with Asbestos in Schools and for a long term strategy to be put in place.

The programme is a very informative piece and highlights the concerns about asbestos in schools. We hope that this programme will help to raise asbestos awareness and to start people asking the correct questions if they are unsure.

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IATP 2015 Annual Dinner & Awards “Winter Wonderland”

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We are delighted to invite you to join us at our 2015 Annual Dinner. The Annual Dinner is a formal event aimed at raising awareness and funds for the IATP’s chosen charity, Asbestos Awareness & Support Cymru. The Annual Dinner also hosts “The IATP Recognition Awards”, honouring individuals for their work and contributions across all areas of the Asbestos Industry.

The evening will include:

Welcome Drinks Reception

3 Course Dinner followed by Coffee & Mints

Charity Auction & Raffle

Disco & Dancing

Presentation of the IATP Recognition Awards

Dress code: Black Tie & Evening Dress

Tickets cost: £55.00 per person

The numbers of tickets available is limited and interest for them is high, so please book quickly to avoid disappointment. Tickets will be sold strictly on a first come first served basis.

For further information or to download a booking form please visit:, alternatively you can email Click to Book

Closing date for ticket sales is: Friday 9th January 2015

We look forward to seeing you there.


The Hotel

Having recently undergone a £26 million refurbishment, the Belfry is a stunning venue. Pull up a stool at the glittering Champagne bar, dine in style in our two enticing restaurants, or drift away in the world-class spa. Then sink into your deep, cosy bed. Nestled in over 500 acres of idyllic countryside, we’re a world away from the hustle and bustle of Birmingham, yet still just 20 minutes from the city centre and New Street Station and 10 minutes from Birmingham International Airport.

The hotel are offering a guaranteed room rate of £120.00 for a standard room per night. Guests are required to call the hotel on 0844 980 0600 and quote IATP Events, 31st January 2015 and pay a non-refundable £50.00 deposit by 31st November. Guests must call individually before (8 weeks prior to arrival date) to pay a £50.00 non-refundable deposit for their reservation, if payment is not received by this date the room will be released.



Alternative hotels within the local area include:

Lea Marston Hotel

Brook Marston Farm Hotel

Premier Inn Birmingham North (Sutton Coldfield)

Ramada Birmingham/Sutton Coldfield

Sponsorship opportunities for the annual dinner are available.

Please contact IATP Events for more information on                       or 07738 110718

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Meet the IATP Award Recipients.


Kieran Brewer: Meso Warrior Award.

Lord Saatchi

Lord Saatchi: Making a Difference.


JUAC: Outstanding Contribution Award.


IATP Charity Sky Dive 14/11/2014


After 2 failed attempts due to the weather IATP director, Wayne Williams finally took to the skies to complete his jump on Friday 14th November.  The IATP’s sponsored skydive was in honour of Action Mesothelioma Day, which was on Friday 4th July 2014. The jump raised a grand total of £1,295.00, which will be going to this year’s chosen charity, Asbestos Awareness & Support Cymru.



A.A.S.C provides networking opportunities throughout Wales to help provide support to victims of asbestos related diseases and their families. This includes guiding victims of asbestos diseases and their families to the help they need with health & social care, linking them with legal professionals in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors to ensure that they are aware of the best assistance available to them within Wales.

Thank you to all of those who sponsored Wayne to complete his skydive, without their support we would not have been able to raise such a large amount for AASC. Also a huge thanks to Wayne for volunteering to complete the jump.

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