World Hand Hygiene Day

The 'Save Lives: Clean Your Hands' global campaign was launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2009. World Hand Hygiene Day is held annually on 5 May.

World Hand Hygiene Day aims to maintain global promotion, visibility and sustainability of hand hygiene in health care and to bring people together in support of hand hygiene improvement around the world.

World Hand Hygiene Day 2022

For World Hand Hygiene Day 2022 the WHO is calling on healthcare workers, patients, consumers and the broader community, to clean their hands and unite together to support a culture of safety and quality in our health service organisations.

The 2022 World Hand Hygiene Day campaign slogan is: “Unite for safety: Clean your hands”.

To promote hand hygiene in the healthcare community, the Commission has produced three new factsheets on hand hygiene. These factsheets provide information on hand hygiene for patients and their carers, children and their carers, and mental health workers.


The following infographics are available for download for use in your local World Hand Hygiene Day activities:

Latest national hand hygiene audit data

Hand hygiene compliance is assessed against a national benchmark set by the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council; the current national benchmark is 80%. There are three national hand hygiene audits conducted each year.

The latest interactive report on audit data for the period July to October 2021 is now available.

If your organisation submits data to the HHCApp, you can also produce your own local poster report.

How to generate reports

What can you do to support World Hand Hygiene Day?

In addition to supporting implementation of the National Hand Hygiene Initiative in health service organisations, everyone can contribute to effective hand hygiene:

Healthcare workers:

  • Always clean your hands at the point of care
  • Make sure you know how to clean your hands and why hand hygiene is important – visit our online learning modules if you want to know more.

Infection prevention and control practitioners:

  • Be a champion and mentor for clean hands at the point of care
  • Support your organisation's hand hygiene program.

Health service organisation managers:

  • Ensure your organisation has an active hand hygiene program
  • Ensure hand hygiene supplies are available at every point of care.

Patients and families:

  • Help us to help you – please clean your hands too!


  • Make clean hands your habit – it protects us all.

Useful links and resources