Employers are now looking differently at their most important asset – their employees. There is greater awareness of the need to keep people safe in the workplace. Workspace landscape changes will include the configuration of offices, meeting rooms, lunchrooms, etc., as well as appropriate measures to protect employees and visitors.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has provided some guidelines for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to help control COVID-19.
“Transmission of COVID-19 through the air is sufficiently likely that airborne exposure to the virus should be controlled. Changes to building operations, including the operation of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems, can reduce airborne exposures.”
CDW Engineering has created a healthy workplace HVAC assessment to look at issues including
- HVAC filtration systems
- Fresh air delivery into the space
- Potential for contamination of the fresh air
- Exhaust systems
- Equipment run times and scheduling
- The use of supplemental filtration devices
- Humidity levels
CDW Engineering has also partnered with Altech Environmental Consulting to provide a more extensive COVID-19 review that also includes:
- Auditing and sampling of sanitized surfaces
- Workspace programming and communications
- Specialized risk seminars and management procedures