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Maintaining Fresh Air & Air Movement In The Workplace This Winter

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One of the many impacts of Covid-19 this year, has been the greater emphasis placed on improving the quality of the air we breath.

As we approach Winter, now is the time to assess and implement any measures required to improve the air quality to help mitigate the future spread of airborne viruses and pollutants in your workplace.

The UK Health & Safety Executive recently published their guidance on the use of air conditioning and the necessity of adequate ventilation during the Coronavirus outbreak.  Click here to read.

Their statement advises that whilst the risk of spreading the virus through air conditioning is extremely low, as long as there is an adequate supply of fresh air and ventilation, to prevent the spread of the virus and keep you and your colleagues healthy.

Furthermore, in recent Government guidance on how to work safely in offices and contact centres during the Coronavirus outbreak, the message again is clear, to keep safe and reduce the risk of transmitting the virus, ensure there is adequate ventilation to provide sufficient fresh air supply to all areas of the workspace when occupied.

The necessity for employers to ensure there is an adequate supply of fresh air in the workplace is nothing new.Government Building Regulations have long stated that we all should have a supply of at least 10 litres of fresh air per person every second.

Providing Adequate Ventilation During Winter

The most practical steps taken by many employers this past Summer has been to open doors and windows to help increase and circulate fresh air supply.

However, as we approach Winter, more of us spend more time indoors and opening doors and windows may not be a practical solution once the outside temperature drops.

So now is the time to ask if you have adequate ventilation in your workplace this Winter?

Mechanical Ventilation

Compared to natural forms of ventilation I.e. opening doors and windows, mechanical ventilation is a more effective practical alternative to help reduce the risk of Coronavirus spreading in your workspace this Winter.

Mechanical ventilation systems combine the provision of necessary fresh air & movement, whilst recovering the heat within your air supply, to maintain a comfortable temperature and therefore a safer, more balanced working environment for you, your colleagues and your customers.

Effective Air Cleaning & Filtration

 When your workspace contains internal rooms with little or no natural or mechanical ventilation, you might need to seek a preventative solution to help clean the stagnant air in these spaces.

Either working on their own, or alongside any existing air conditioning and ventilation systems, air purifiers & HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filtration systems clean the air by filtering dust particles and pollutants within the airflow.

Whilst air conditioning & ventilation systems provide fresh air, air movement and/or cooling, air purifiers focus on filtering and cleaning the air in your workspace.

Air purifiers and HEPA filtration technology has long been used in the medical and manufacturing sectors where clean air is critical.  Now the same systems are becoming more widely available as we all demand cleaner air and the ability to help combat infectious airborne virus droplets.

Whatever Your Requirements, Call Spheretech

 So, as Winter is closing in, now is the time to ensure you have adequate ventilation in your workplace.

For any advice on your ventilation requirements this Winter remember you can email Spheretech at info@spheretech.co.uk or call 01327 810 510.

If your premises requires further information on air purification & filtration systems or, simply to arrange for any additional air conditioning requirements, do not hesitate to contact our team at Spheretech to discuss your needs.

Keep you safe and comfortable in your workplace this Winter!

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