As businesses begin to reopen, it is important to review the available resources that provide insight into health and safety best practices. These include heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) adjustments which can be made to building systems to mitigate potential exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19. Based on current scientific information, it is apparent that SARS-CoV-2 is spread primarily through close contact with those infected; however, existing building systems and interior environmental conditions could contribute to the spread of infectious aerosols.
Most notably, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) have updated their Position Document on Infectious Aerosols which includes recommendations for both healthcare and non-healthcare settings. This document contains useful information regarding items to consider in relation to the design and operation of HVAC systems during this unprecedented time. In addition, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) has developed industry-specific reopening guidance, which provides health and safety practices for consideration prior to and during facility reopening.
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