As an employer now, the cleanliness of your interior environments and especially your inside air, has to be a priority.
Health authorities around the world agree with the overwhelming body of scientific evidence that COVID-19 is primarily spread through respiratory transmission, with micro-droplets and larger droplets being exhaled into the air where they can be inhaled by others. It’s mainly an airborne disease now.
While many organisations will have adapted with the measures made mandatory by the government, such as the use of face coverings, regular cleaning and social distancing, businesses can take additional steps to significantly reduce the risk of transmission on their premises and also reduce the risk of potential future enforcement or litigation.
As an Employer, you’ll know that it is a legal obligation to do whatever is reasonably practicable to protect the health, safety and welfare of workers and other people who might be affected by your business; meaning that risks to injury or health must be effectively controlled. Many are not aware how important it is now against Covid-19, to ensure suitable distribution and flows of ventilation and that you must ensure the air in your building is free of impurities which are likely to cause ill health. This includes microbes such as bacteria and viruses.
To contemplate airborne hazards, you should be aware that viral hazards are never static. The hazard that you’re attempting to mitigate today may be different to that emerging tomorrow and so, you need to intervene with longer term solutions that may well need to go beyond typical current government guidelines, depending upon your risk, environment and nature of your operations.
We, like many respected Institutions and scientists, advocate increased quantities of better quality filtered air being drawn into inside spaces and distributed adequately. We recommend that air should be HEPA filtered and changed 10 times per hour (depending on spatial configuration, risk and viral load). Importantly, these engineering improvements should be coupled with germicidal UV (UVGI) disinfection systems which readily inactivate all known microbes, including COVID-19, to help you make your interior spaces safer, and clearly to do all that is reasonably practicable to protect people’s health, safety and welfare.
“We have installed UV air disinfection devices and they work! Five of us spent all day in the same small room as a colleague who got poorly overnight, diagnosed with Covid-19 the following day. We isolated and then, as advised, a week later, all the rest of us got tested and thankfully, we were all negative. This can only be down to the UV air cleaning device that kept us safe”
— Jayne P. – Welfare Manager