The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has updated its guidance to help businesses identify poor ventilation in workplaces and take steps to improve it.
Good ventilation reduces how much virus is in the air and helps reduce the risk of transmission. This can be achieved through natural ventilation (open windows) and mechanical ventilation (air cleaning and ventilation units).
The updated guidance will help businesses and workers to:
- Identify poorly ventilated areas
- Decide on the steps that can be taken to improve ventilation
- Assess the risk from breathing in small particles of the virus in enclosed areas
Ventilation isn’t the only way to ensure workplaces are COVID safe. Workers should continue to wash their hands frequently, get their COVID-19 vaccine, get tested regularly and ensure that workspaces are clean.
You can view the guidance here.
HSE has also created a short informative video on ventilation. You can view the video here.
Cllr Christine Bannon, Cabinet Member for Health, said: “I would urge all businesses to look at the updated HSE guidance and ensure that they have adequate ventilation in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
“By carrying out risk assessments and creating COVID safe workplaces, Knowsley businesses and workers can play a vital role in our protecting our community.”