Many people have returned to the office now, and more are likely to do so in the coming months. Employers have many challenges to overcome to ensure the safety of their employees as they return to work, and one common question that many people have is whether or not air conditioning is safe to use.
The simple answer is yes – according to HSE, the risk of contracting coronavirus as a result of air conditioning is extremely low, as long as there is adequate ventilation on the premises. The majority of air conditioning systems will not need to have their settings changed, unless they recycle air from room to room. Fresh air supply should be used wherever possible.
How To Ensure Office Spaces Are Properly Ventilated
Even before COVID-19 swept across the UK, proper ventilation was highly important. It is now the legal responsibility of the employer to ensure that proper fresh air ventilation is supplied to all offices in their building. Air Conditioning units are the best way of doing this, however there are other ways you can supplement mechanical ventilation:
Open windows as wide as they can be wherever possible
Use fans to help circulate air
Keep Air Conditioning Systems maintained and ensure any repairs are carried out
Furthermore, you can improve the general air quality of an office by:
Making sure that rooms are properly cleaned, dusted, and vacuumed on a regular basis. Preferably weekly.
Changing filters on Air Conditioning Systems regularly
Using non toxic cleaning agents
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If you are returning to the office after a while away, it might be worth having your air conditioning checked to ensure that you are opening safely. This is, of course, essential to the wellbeing of your employees, and it makes sure you are operating with compliance to the law.
Our team at Air Conditioning Direct will likely be able to help you. Give us a call on 020 8989 8989, or fill in our handy contact form and we will be in touch.