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Toilet Break in Work Today? Lucky you!

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BT Coleraine

Toilets and Jobs is this year’s theme for International World Toilet Day. Celebrated on 19th November, the focus this year is on sanitation, or the lack of it, and how this can impact on livelihoods.

Whilst most of us go to the toilet during working hours and never think twice about the convenience of it, for 2.4 billion people this is not the case. Celine Rodgers, Secretary of Wateraid NI comments: “One in ten people have no choice but to defecate in the open while disease transmission at work, mostly caused by poor sanitation and hygiene practices, causes 17% of all workplace deaths. * 

 “A lack of toilets at work and at home has sever impacts upon businesses through problems in the workforce, poor health, absenteeism, attrition, reduced concentration, exhaustion, and decreased productivity. *

PRESS RELEASE IMAGE 17/11/13: NI Water Female Workforce Support World Toilet Day  Female employees from NI Water formed an unusual queue for the toilet outside the companyÕs headquarters in Belfast.   The women gathered to mark the United NationÕs World Toilet Day, held annually on 19 November 2013, which aims  to raise awareness and support for the 1.25 billion women worldwide who are at risk of disease, harassment and even violence because they donÕt have a safe place to go to the toilet.   For further information visit www.wateraid.org  Pictured with Patricia McKee dressed as a toilet are NI Water female colleges (left-right) Rebecca Allen, Karen Mason, Sinead McKeown, Karen Lindsay and Caroline Fletcher. Picture: Michael Cooper “Where toilets are present, a big issue for many workers is the way in which toilet breaks are controlled by the management. If access is restricted, people will hold back the urge to go, and even avoid food and drink to minimise how many times they might need to visit the toilet. Beyond the inconvenience and discomfort, this can have health impacts, particularly for women, leading to absenteeism and disease.

 “Water and effective sanitation are two things everyone in the world should have access to – can you imagine not having a toilet? It’s unthinkable for us, but a fact of life for far too many people in developing countries. 

 “Together, we can change this, and ensure clean, safe toilet facilities for billions of people.”

NI Water is proud to support the work of the international charity WaterAid, which works with some of the world’s poorest communities to provide clean, safe drinking water and sanitation facilities.  You can get involved too and while you ‘spend a penny’, why not donate a £1 (or more) to WaterAid to help make the dream of sanitation and hygiene for all a reality.

They can’t wait any longer.


To make a donation, please visit www.wateraid.org or telephone 0845 6000 433.

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