Looking for ways to safeguard your business, workers, and customers against the impact of pandemic?
This page provides the methodologies to do just that.
5 Ways to Prepare Your Business for Pandemic
If there’s one thing that COVID-19 has taught us it’s that airborne diseases can be unpredictable and difficult to control. But, it has also shown us that we can learn as we go, make adjustments based on data, and mitigate the impact of a pandemic. While some of this has to do with personal behaviors, much, in terms of business facilities, has to do with airflow and understanding how that airflow can impact the health and safety of indoor occupants such as workers and customers.
To that end, here are 5 measures that industry experts agree can help you improve the health and safety of your business.
1. How to Make Indoor Air Safer?
Airflow is vital for the safety and comfort of building occupants, energy efficiency, and extending the life of buildings and building components. The COVID-19 pandemic has served to highlight the importance of airflow as well as anemometers and airflow measurement and monitoring tools to keep people safe and minimize hazards. Ventilation systems around the world are being evaluated and improved with a focus on health measures and indoor air quality.
2. Best Ways to Measure HVAC Duct Airflow
Indoor environmental conditions directly affect the health, comfort and productivity of a building’s occupants, equipment longevity and overall energy costs. Accurate measurement of air velocity in HVAC ducts provides the information needed to examine and calculate the optimal airflow in HVAC systems. Larger HVAC ducts require a different set of tools than smaller diameter ducts.
3. Ventilation to Meet OSHA Standards
As a business owner or manager, it is important to consider the role of ventilation in both worker safety and productivity. Clearly, heat exposure can be dangerous to the health and well-being of workers and it also impedes their performance. Therefore, it is important to monitor and validate the ventilation in workplace HVAC systems.
4. Do I Need Air Curtains?
Many industries employ air curtains to maintain quality indoor air, to improve the quality of products being produced in their facility, and to increase the comfort of workers or customers using their indoor space. As an example, restaurants with both indoor and outdoor dining can install air curtains to keep elements of outside air (heat, odors, and flying insects) from altering or contaminating indoor air. Not only does this improve food safety but it also reduces energy costs. Industries that use air curtains are as follows:
5. Anterooms and Negative Pressure
Anterooms are used in hospitals and laboratories to keep contaminates from spreading to other spaces. They are critical in the containment of contaminated air that poses hazards to patients and workers. Negative pressure is integral in the process of creating an anteroom, but an anteroom is not necessarily a negative pressure space.