IAQ: Ticket to Freedom?
Health, Safety, Security & Environment, Workspace Management, United Kingdom, Coronavirus (COVID-19)
As the United Kingdom lifts restrictions on 'Freedom Day', Jamie Woodhall, technical and innovations manager at Initial Washroom Hygiene, comments on government guidance relating to CO2 monitoring.
The United Kingdom government’s latest business advice to monitor indoor air quality (IAQ) and improve ventilation is an important step in mitigating the spread of infection, as the remaining coronavirus restrictions are set to be lifted on 19th July.
As confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO), the new coronavirus, like many others, can be transmitted via aerosols in the air. Throughout the course of the pandemic, it has become clear how important air quality is, not only to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, but to our overall health and sense of wellbeing.
When it comes to the lifting of lockdown measures in the UK, the expectation from the public is that businesses and employers need to do their bit in helping to ensure that they are providing clean air, so that the risk of catching an airborne virus indoors is reduced. In fact, our research shows that 68 per cent of Brits believe that businesses and employers need to do more to ensure clean air circulates in their premises.
Air purification solutions will play a vital role to reduce the risks associated with airborne viruses and bacteria, helping to protect staff and visitors when they are indoors. But the advantages of air purifiers don’t stop there.
Ultraviolet-C (UV-C) lamp-based purifiers, in particular, also decontaminate indoor air by trapping, as well as killing, airborne viruses, bacteria and fungi.
Installing purifier solutions should assure people in facilities that their indoor air has been treated to the highest of standards.