As we move into the next phase of recovery in the workplace, following the effects of the pandemic, the emphasis on effective ventilation and the provision of suitable fresh air supply remains a key control measure as indicated by the government. Your stakeholders will require reassurance that you are managing key building control systems, including ventilation systems to help to reduce risks.
A well-managed air handling system will help reduce viral transmission risk. As detailed on the HSE website, ‘Good ventilation reduces the concentration of the virus in the air and therefore reduces the risks from airborne transmission. This happens when people breathe in small particles (aerosols) in the air after someone with the virus has occupied an enclosed area. However, ventilation will have little or no impact on droplet or contact transmission routes.’
Key control measures relating to your outdoor air supply and cleanliness of the system, can be challenged to help alleviate some of the risks.
How can Assurity Consulting help?
- We use a combination of visual inspections, on-site testing, and laboratory analysis, to assess your buildings indoor air quality and workplace comfort conditions.
- Carbon Dioxide testing and airflow measurements will be taken throughout the office floors. This will include meeting rooms, and other areas which could show fluctuations of your outdoor air supply will be captured, to give you independent verification regarding the effectiveness of your systems.
- Our indoor air quality assessment report will display the results of our testing and sampling in a colour-coded system, that highlights any areas of concern. All occupied areas of your floors will be assessed with particular focus on air supply and turnover.
Your COVID-19 control indoor air quality inspection will provide you with the evidence you need to demonstrate that you are operationally reducing risk, with clear recommendations should additional measures be required.
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