Asbestos has been banned in the European Union since 2005, but this carcinogen is still present in millions of buildings across Europe and it poses a major threat to the health of workers and the population at large. Lung cancer and mesothelioma caused by asbestos continue to kill around 90,000 people each year in the EU, and mortality will go on increasing for at least one or two decades.
For the launch of the 27th issue of HesaMag, the ETUI’s health and safety magazine, we will be screening Asbestos: chronicle of an announced disaster, a documentary film by Marie-Anne Mengeot and Nina Toussaint. Through archive footage, the film chronicles a crucial period (1977-2003) of asbestos usage in Belgium and in Europe, offering both a study of industry propaganda and a memorial to the victims.
The film is in multiple languages and will be subtitled in English. You can watch a trailer here.
The screening will be followed by a discussion between Marie-Anne Mengeot and Tony Musu, ETUI occupational health & safety expert and coordinator of this issue of HesaMag.
Drinks and snacks will be served following the screening.