- On December 8, 2020, ASHRAE published a useful Q&A from Kathleen Owen, Fellow ASHRAE, member of the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force, and Carolyn (Gemma) Kerr, Ph.D., Life Member ASHRAE entitled Debunking the Myths about MERV, Air Filtration.
- AIHA is the association for scientists and professionals committed to preserving and ensuring occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) in the workplace and community. the organization published a new guidance document entitled Reducing the Risk of COVID-19 using Engineering Controls in late August.
- The AIA posted a useful Re-occupancy Assessment Tool on May 6, 2020. The tool is, “a framework of strategies for reoccupying buildings and businesses that are in the process of transitioning from being fully closed to fully open” (AIA, 2020).
- OSHA’s Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 offers in-depth planning resources and factual information about coronavirus. Our staff continues to review, discuss, and implement the safety measures in this guide as they relate to engineering controls and related subjects.
- On April 14, 2020, ASHRAE approved a revised Position Document on Infectious Aerosols. This document references how the operation of HVAC systems can reduce the airborne concentrations of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).
- ASHRAE reaffirmed its Position Statement on Airborne Infectious Diseases on February 5, 2020. This link offers a position statement and an important factual guideline for reducing the spread of airborne infections from a facilities perspective.
- Following a wave of seemingly conflicting opinions, the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) recently published a committee report entitled
Germicidal Ultraviolet (GUV) – Frequently Asked Questions in response to COVID-19 infection control. This is the most authoritative document currently published in regards to current UV technology for this pandemic.
- The CDC offers several guidelines and recommendations in response to coronavirus. We believe their Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) page includes some of the most important guidance for commercial facility owners and operators.
- As active members of the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE), our staff supports the newly-published COVID-19 resources page , which offers lots of information as it relates to healthcare environments. Reference this page for news, resources, tools, videos, and research on everything from PPE to air quality in hospitals.
- The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) published a white paper this month on Temporary Compliance Options for Code Modifications, Alternate Care Sites, and Facilities Related to Health Care. This paper addresses a variety of operational considerations to ensure that healthcare facilities remain safe, even when building, fire, and life safety codes have to be altered due to emergent situations.
- Many news outlets addressed the topic of a need for more negative pressure isolation rooms in healthcare facility in recent weeks. The Minnesota Department of Health published a comprehensive paper on temporarily setting up these crucial environments. This paper is particularly useful for facility engineering/maintenance, infection control, environmental health and safety, and management personnel.