Safe Return To Workplace After COVID-19
Agencies like the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) have set guidelines and best practices for a safe building reopening. Using these recommendations in conjunction with current research conducted by the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, the National Library of Medicine, and more, we have highlighted key factors to be addressed prior to reopening.
Implement indoor air quality monitoring to conduct analysis of air quality trends and analyse data.
Introduce retrofit particulate filter like MERV 13 or higher to ensure low PM 2.5 and 10 indoors.
Monitor filter life to provide clean air while maintaining optimum operating efficiency.
UVGI installation in AHU with safety features to reduce any airborne transmission and reduce microbial buildup on filter and coil.
Why indoor air quality is more important than ever?
ASHRAE statement on airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2
Transmission of SARS CoV-2 through the air is sufficiently likely that airborne exposure to the virus should be controlled. Changes to the building operations, including the operation of HVAC systems can reduce airborne exposures
Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health's statement
The Harvard School of Public Health has conducted research as current as May, 2020 on the relationship between air pollution and COVID-19 mortality. Their research concludes that a small increase in long-term exposure to PM2.5 leads to a large increase in the COVID-19 death rate.
The CDC recommends regular cleaning and disinfecting of high touch spaces. This process allows you to kill germs and further lower the risk of disease spread throughout your building. Once a proper baseline has been established, routine cleanings are necessary for continuous safety.