The HSA has published a new checklist on ventilation as part of its suite of COVID-19 Work Safely Protocol (WSP) templates and checklists for employers.
These checklists have been prepared to help employers, business owners and managers to get their business up and running again in a way that will help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This Checklist addresses ventilation, which is one of the key control measures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace. It is important that in following this guidance, your building continues to comply with existing health and safety, fire safety and building regulations.
Ventilation is an important factor in reducing the risk of aerosol transmission indoors, where individuals may be in close contact, potentially for longer periods of time and in poorly ventilated areas. Ventilation will not stop the spread of COVID-19 on its own and that is why it is only part of a hierarchy of risk controls. It is not however a substitute for other infection prevention measures, such as vaccination, physical distancing, cleaning, face coverings, maintaining good hand and respiratory hygiene, staying at home if feeling unwell and working from home where possible.
The information in this checklist complements the advice contained in “Section D: Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning” in the Work Safely Protocol. Please see link to download your check list here: WSP Employer Checklist No.8: Ventilationchecklist_no_8_ventilation_july_2021