A new fact sheet on Improving ventilation in indoor workplaces – COVID-19 has been developed by Safe Work Australia
The fact sheet highlights three steps that will help to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and improve ventilation in indoor settings:
1. Ensure the HVAC system is working properly
HVAC systems are an essential safety measure for most buildings. It is important they are maintained in accordance with relevant regulations to ensure compliance and effectiveness.
2. Take steps to improve ventilation for indoor workplaces
You should consider adjusting the settings of your HVAC system to help minimise the risk of COVID-19. This includes not recirculating the air or limiting the level of recirculation.
3. Other things you can do
Crowded and noisy places have a higher risk of generating and spreading respiratory droplets. To improve effective ventilation on a per person basis, you should, where possible:
Some industries have specific directions that should be followed so it is important to understand what you need to do at your workplace. Visit SWA’s COVID-19 information for workplaces webpage by clicking here for information for your industry.
Read SWA’s fact sheet by clicking here for more information on improving ventilation in indoor settings to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.