Call for TV asbestos warnings

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Call for TV asbestos warnings

  • From: AAP
  • November 11, 2011 8:06AM

ASBESTOS warnings should be broadcast by all television networks during home renovation programs, says the Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia (ADFA) says.

The call comes after the Nine Network announced it would broadcast warnings about the dangers of asbestos on The Block.

“We’ve been worried for some time that the home renovation craze could produce a second wave of asbestos-related illness, so Channel Nine’s decision is absolutely vital,” ADFA president Barry Robson said in a statement today.

“The other networks need to show a similar level of responsibility.”

Unions NSW has also welcomed Nine’s decision.

“There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos, and Channel Nine’s decision is crucially important,” Unions NSW secretary Mark Lennon said in a statement.

Seven hundred Australians die every year from mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

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