Ventilation in indoor workplaces: Recommendations in the SARS-CoV-2-epidemic

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Especially in times of the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic, it becomes evident how our individual behaviour can have an impact on the well-being of all. To contain the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic, we have to adhere to the rules of hygiene to block the virus transmission routes or at least to make transmission more difficult. Besides the usual preventive measures, i.e. physical distance, hygiene and protective masks, good ventilation is another important and easy-to-handle part of reducing the viral load in the air – especially as the cold season is approaching.

The Fachbereich AKTUELL “SARS-CoV-2: Recommendations for ventilation behavior in indoor workplaces”, developed under the lead of the IFA, Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the German Social Accident Insurance, offers solutions for the use of ventilation and air conditioning systems in accordance with infection control. There is a brief overview of the types and techniques of ventilation that are frequently found in indoor workspaces.

The document gives recommendations for each type of ventilation with regard to the protection against an infection. The recommendations refer to the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic only. The focus is on indoor workspaces, which do not need to be ventilated for technical reasons, like for example in the food industry. The recommendations in English language can be downloaded free of charge: https://publikationen.dguv.de/widgets/pdf/download/article/4341

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Dr. Simone Peters, IFA
Head of Section Protective measures, indoor climate, indoor workplaces
simone.peters@dguv.de

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