Global Handwashing Day & National Infection Control Week

Infection Prevention & Control

October 15 is Global Handwashing Day, a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap and water as an effective and affordable way to prevent disease and save lives. Global Handwashing Day is an opportunity to design, test and replicate creative ways to encourage people to clean their hands using soap and water (or alcohol-based hand rub).

October 17 - 20 is National Infection Control Week, a time for infection control professionals to educate staff and the community about the importance of infection prevention and to promote the important work that has and continues to be done by infection control professionals in a visible and fun way.

Hand hygiene has been a daily topic of conversation everywhere since the COVID-19 outbreak was declared a pandemic. On Global Handwashing Day and National Infection Control week AHS wanted to say thank you for taking the time to adhering to IPC best practices and cleaning your hands. It’s making a difference.

The AHS Provincial PPE Safety Coach Program is still being offered to all staff. Learn more.

If you have questions or comments, email:

Have a great idea?

The IPC Hand Hygiene Program is always looking for new ways to increase hand hygiene awareness! Have a great idea? Email: