HSE updates COVID-secure workplace guidance

The Health and Safety Executive has updated its guidance for employers on ventilation and air conditioning during the coronavirus pandemic.

The law requires employers to ensure an adequate supply of fresh air in the workplace. Good ventilation, together with social distancing, keeping the workplace clean and frequent handwashing, can help reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.

The new ventilation and air conditioning guidance helps employers to identify poorly ventilated areas in the workplace and provides steps to improve ventilation while maintaining a comfortable temperature. It will apply in most workplaces and includes guidance on:

-balancing ventilation with keeping people warm
-identifying poorly ventilated areas
-how to improve ventilation
-ventilation in vehicles

The new guidance is part of HSE’s advice on making the workplace COVID-secure.

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