Tuesday, 18th August 2020
1In light of the current pandemic, businesses are focused on ensuring the safety of the office environment. The UK HSE (Health and Safety Executive) states that good ventilation systems help reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.
Recent studies and expert advice have shown that HVAC systems play a key role in fighting the coronavirus in the workplace.
What we know
While the virus is primarily spread through close contact and droplets, science has advanced quickly to address the potential airborne transmission of coronavirus.
- The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has highlighted emerging findings that have linked increased cases to airflow patterns.
- The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control reported that poor ventilation of enclosed spaces has been associated with increased cases of coronavirus.
- WHO (World Health Organisation) says the virus can spread through droplets in the air throughout enclosed spaces.
- However the HSE states the risk of spreading coronavirus through air conditioning is extremely low, providing that sufficient fresh air is in circulation.
While guidance on prevention is continuously changing, it is clear that airflow is a factor to consider in the workplace. The science and regulations surrounding coronavirus is an ongoing development that we are closely monitoring for the safety of our customers.
What you can do
The comments from the HSE confirm that some centralised systems without correct ventilation and proper maintenance could put people at risk. Having an effective, functioning system with fresh air in circulation can reduce the spread of the virus and ensure the safety of staff.
Here is what you can do to address HVAC safety concerns.
- Assess your current HVAC system and ensure it is well maintained.
- Upgrade any outdated systems, faults could have serious consequences for your staff and business.
- Do not cut off fresh air sources due to temperature changes as doing so could risk spreading infection.
- If your system relies on recirculation of air in an enclosed space, consider introducing fresh air to the circulation and revising your system.
- A HVAC system promoting fresh air supply and circulation is recommended. If you are unsure about your current system please get in contact with us and our expert staff will recommend a solution.
Alongside social distancing, hygiene measures and correct PPE, air conditioning and ventilation is a vital component of a preventative strategy in the workplace. Having an updated system and ensuring its maintenance is now more important than ever. With proper ventilation already a requirement by law, we can expect the current pandemic to bring more rigorous inspections and new requirements.
While there is a lot of confusion at this time, it is clear that having an effective HVAC system in your office is now essential to ensuring the safety of staff.
If you are looking for a new solution or have any concerns with your current system, contact us today either via our online enquiry form or by telephone, where you can speak to a member of our friendly team.