Friday, 5 May 2017

Let’s remember the important role that plumbing plays in hand hygiene

World Hand Hygiene Day, marked globally on May 5, is led by the World Health Organisation and highlights the importance of hand hygiene in health care.  However, World Hand Hygiene Day plays an important role in highlighting how everyone can help make proper hand hygiene an everyday practice to reduce the spread of infections and therefore save the lives of millions.

Hands are one of the easiest ways for bacteria to travel from person to person, with estimates suggesting that 80 per cent of infectious diseases are spread by touch.  Consequently hand hygiene plays an enormous role in reducing the spread of dangerous bacteria.

World Hand Hygiene Day is important as there appears to be a global lack of awareness in the dangers of not handwashing, as according to the World Health Organisation a million deaths per year could be prevented if everyone practiced proper hand hygiene.

Let's not forget the vital role that the plumbing industry plays in protecting public health. Plumbers and plumbing work are vital for global health including frontline health workers. The ability of plumbing and sanitation systems to deliver clean water and remove waste has protected people from communicable disease throughout history. The plumbing profession protects and extends lives and is an essential support industry for the health care sector.

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