During the pandemic, many employers were faced with the daunting task of preparing their facilities for employees returning to the workplace. As we all navigated the ‘new normal’ of living and working in the COVID-19 era, controls such as social distancing, face coverings, reduced occupancy, and more frequent and robust cleaning regiments were implemented to combat the spread of the virus. At that time, there was little consensus in the scientific community about preparing the workplace for re-occupancy; much less a scientific standard to refer to for guidance…until now.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has approved a highly anticipated and groundbreaking new standard to reduce the risk of disease transmission in indoor spaces. The purpose of this standard is to mitigate infection risk by reducing exposure to infectious aerosols in the indoor environment using ventilation as a primary control in lockstep with planning and risk management practices.
Components of the new standard include an Infection Risk Management Mode, Requirements for Equivalent Clean Airflow Rate, Requirement for the Use of Filtration and Air Cleaning Technology, and Planning and Commissioning.
"Standard 241 represents a significant step forward in prioritizing indoor air quality," said 2022-23 ASHRAE President Farooq Mehboob. "By implementing the requirements outlined in this standard, we can improve the health, well-being and productivity of building occupants. This standard empowers building owners, operators and professionals to take proactive measures in safeguarding indoor environments. It's an essential tool for creating healthier indoor environments and promoting sustainable practices."
EnSafe’s staff of Health and Safety Specialists, Certified Industrial Hygienists, and Certified Indoor Environmental Consultants are here to assist facility managers in protecting their most valuable resources!
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