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Importance of facilities cleaning shown by latest report

21 March 2016

Research by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has further emphasised the impact on health and life expectancy caused by unhealthy environments.

Although infectious disease death levels are decreasing, there are rising numbers of fatalities caused by factors such as polluted air, water, soil and chemicals.

The impact of chemicals, climate change and ultraviolet radiation are also contributing to the increasing number of premature deaths, said the Preventing disease through healthy environments report.

First published 10 years ago, the latest report, which provides further emphasis on rising concerns over air quality in both outdoor and indoor settings.

WHO director general Dr Margaret Chan said: "A healthy environment underpins a healthy population.

"If countries do not take actions to make environments where people live and work healthy, millions will continue to become ill and die too young."

The Ashkin Group president Stephen Ashkin said the professional cleaning industry is playing an active role in creating both healthy environments and reducing the spread of infectious disease.

"Cleaning to protect healthhas been our industry's mantra for nearly 30 years. We have definitely madegreat progress in keeping facilities cleaner and healthier," he said.

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