COVID-19 Air Conditioning (UK)

One of the aspects that will be considered in any workplace assessment is ventilation and the guidance and instructions around forced ventilation and air conditioning, and refrigeration.

The Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) has put together a useful compilation of COVID-19 resources. Note, the government has not issued specific COVID-19 refrigeration or air conditioning guidance.

The IOR compilation is here.

IOR notes at the top of the page –

This information has been provided by ACRIB (The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board) of which IOR is a member.  It is provided as a link to resources that may be helpful for those working to provide safe and reliable HVAC building services and refrigeration essential to supporting hospitals, buildings, food chain, IT infrastructure and industrial processes. UK Government has not issued specific guidance for the operation of mechanical ventilation or air conditioning although UK trade associations are in regular contact with relevant departments on this issue. We will add extra links or information as they become available.

Picking out a few points –

(1) The UK Government has advised that essential maintenance and repair remains important work and government guidelines must be followed but with many buildings closed BESA have produced SFG20 Building Maintenance under COVID-19 as a free download (link given)

(2) The London and Southeast ASHRAE group have recorded a webinar presentation by Prof Ljubomir Jankovic, the University of Hertfordshire on Air Borne infectious diseases and building HVAC services, it covers building operation for owners and engineers. (link given)

(3) The European Federation of Heating and Ventilation Engineers, REHVA, guidance page covers how to operate and use building services in areas with coronavirus outbreak to prevent virus spread. (link given)

(4) HSE guidance on Equipment subject to written schemes and Examination and testing of pressure equipment (links given).