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    Ventilation and Air Conditioning During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

    Published on August 19th, 2021 | by David Clifton

    Recently we have seen the lifting of some of the Governments restrictions regarding the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

    COVID-19 should be seen as an ongoing hazard in the workplace and should be managed accordingly with your COVID risk assessment reflecting your control measures, this assessment should be suitable and sufficient.

    COVID-19 transmits when people breathe in air contaminated by droplets and small airborne particles. The risk of breathing these in is highest when people are in close proximity, but they can be inhaled over longer distances, particularly indoors.

    The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 regulation 6 state that effective and suitable provision shall be made to ensure that every enclosed workplace is ventilated by a sufficient quantity of fresh or purified air. This has not changed throughout the pandemic.

    The more people who use or occupy an area, the greater the risk that an infected person is there, increasing possible exposure to aerosol transmission.

    The risk increases if an area is poorly ventilated and occupied by more than one person.

    Good ventilation has been demonstrated as an effective control measure to combat the transmission of COVID-19, the more fresh air that is brought inside, the quicker any airborne virus will be removed from the area. This can be achieved by two methods: Natural Ventilation and Mechanical Ventilation, please see below…

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