January 15, 2022

Ventilation is a key tool to avoid the spreading of infectious diseases in the workplace, and with the spreading of the omicron variant, in particular, ventilation has become a key tool along with UV air purifiers to help keep people safe.

 

The legal requirements for ventilation require that fresh air must be available in all enclosed areas of the workplace to ensure diseases do not spread and the overall health of employees is prioritised.

 

Even before the pandemic, however, there have been several pieces of research that link poor ventilation to poor health and lower productivity.

 

The concept of sick building syndrome is related to this, with offices, in particular, being prone to make people feel ill when they are there without adequate air purification, ventilation and a focus on air quality and building health.

 

Here are some top tips to help improve ventilation in the workplace, and a workforce’s health alongside it.

 

Minimise Recirculation

 

There are several types of mechanical ventilation systems available, but ideally, you should use systems that prioritise drawing in fresh air from an outside source rather than recirculating air from other rooms, which can potentially spread diseases.

 

Opt instead for systems that maximise the fresh air they use, or supplement recirculation systems with natural ventilation methods such as keeping windows and doors open.

 

Have A Regular System Of Airing Out Rooms

 

Create a regularly scheduled system of airing out rooms, which can be done by opening the doors and windows as fully as possible and leaving them open for around ten minutes every hour.

 

This needs to be balanced with ensuring people remain warm whilst they are at work but can be an effective way to augment other ventilation systems.

 

Use An Air Purifier

 

Ultraviolet light, especially the UV-C light used in air purifiers can be used to absorb contaminated air and help to destroy pathogens, and this can help alongside other ventilation systems to reduce the spread of infections.