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The Role of the Plumbing Industry on Global Health

The Role of the Plumbing Industry in Global Health – a Paper by Robert Burgon.

A Paper by Robert Burgon, Deputy Chairman of the World Plumbing Council (WPC), that outlines the WPC’s mission and objectives, and stresses the importance of plumbing as a contributor to global health, citing historic and recent examples of the way in which plumbing and public health are linked.

It suggests that the connection between plumbing and health has been largely forgotten in many developed countries. The paper refers to the joint publication by the WPC and World Health Organisation (WHO) of “Health Aspects of Plumbing” which aims to assist developing countries tackle the issues relating to the improvement of health through water supply and sanitation.

The paper refers to the importance of both industry and public education and refers to a number of initiatives being carried out to share good practice in the field of plumbing training. These include the WPC’s annual Lecturers/ Trainers Scholarship.

Reference is also made to the need for appropriate registration and licensing arrangements. The paper concludes with some suggestions for future action.

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