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HVAC Assessments: What the New OSHA Standard Recommends

In June of this year, OSHA conducted a review of the latest COVID-19 science, data, and guidance. After consulting with the CDC, OSHA issued an emergency temporary standard (ETS) for employers working in healthcare and healthcare support services. However, despite the name "COVID-19 Healthcare ETS" the rule applies to any organization that provides first aid services. This could include schools as well. Whether your business falls into these categories or not, proper ventilation is a key part of fighting the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. As a result, HVAC assessments play a critical role. Your COVID-19 Plan The ETS recommends provisions for physical barriers, training, and ventilation. While this guidance affects health care facilities and schools, all businesses should take note. It is one of the many reasons employers need to develop a COVID-19 plan for the workplace. A COVID plan should include steps to prevent the spread of the virus. This includes maintaining social distancing, creating safer traffic patterns in the building as well as conducting HVAC assessments. Plans should include screening building occupants and visitors ...
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Clean HVAC Systems: The Key to Healthy Buildings

The COVID-19 pandemic taught us many things. For facilities managers, it further stressed the importance of building health. While managers and engineers have long understood the relationship between indoor air quality and the health of building occupants, the pandemic prompted stakeholders to refocus resources on creating safer, healthier buildings, and that includes clean HVAC systems. For our part Pure Air Control Services’ Certified Pure Air Indoor Environment program gets buildings healthy. We use systems and methods to create healthy IAQ and monitor conditions so it stays that way. This includes steps to inspect and clean HVAC systems, provide baseline evaluations, and purify the air. It’s all a part of the six pillars of building health.  Six Pillars of Building Health A building health program built on the foundation of IAQ testing, HVAC cleaning, and the monitoring of environmental conditions creates a healthy environment for everyone.  These pillars include:
  1. Baseline evaluation of IAQ conditions (included in our Building Health Check
  2. Cleaning and restoring of HVAC systems
  3. Reduction of particles in the supply and return ductwork
  4. Neutralization of ...
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K-12 School Stimulus for HVAC Cleaning and Upgrades

Many schools across the United States operate with older HVAC systems. In fact, a recent U.S. Government Accountability Office report found that as many as 54 percent of public schools in the U.S. need to replace or repair their HVAC systems. The good news is that the K-12 school stimulus approved by the U.S. Education Department clears the way for federal funding to be used for HVAC improvements. K-12 School Stimulus In March of this year, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act. Known as ARPA, this plan released billions of dollars in relief funding to help K-12 schools reopen safely. Over 120 billion of that money went towards the K-12 School Stimulus. Schools may put those funds to use in repairing and improving HVAC systems. This ensures cleaner indoor air and a lower risk for the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and other pathogens. Identifying Problem Through Assessments K-12 school stimulus funds help schools in all 50 states plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia with the return to classes. For example, the funds ...
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Self-Healing Building? Yes, Find Out How

Let’s say someone in the employee break room of your office likes to microwave fish for lunch. Or perhaps a coworker in a shared space uses a little too much cologne or perfume. If that enclosed space is well ventilated, you may notice these things slightly or not at all. However, with poor ventilation, these odors are hard to ignore. With proper IAQ the building is in effect protecting you from unpleasant odors in the air like the way white blood cells attack viruses. In this case, it creates a self-healing building in a sense. Dr. Rajiv Sahay, FIAS, CIAQP, Chief Scientific Officer for Pure Air Controls and director of Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory sees self-healing buildings as a way to ensure building health and manage risks to occupants. While overpowering scents may be annoying but may be harmless, but virus transmission presents a real threat. Even as the vaccination rates go up around the country, new COVID variants are emerging. And no one knows what the next virus will be and how dangerous it would be for individuals ...
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Building Air Safety is Ensured with Testing and Monitoring

As an increasing number of workers return to the workplace, not everyone is eager to get back. Building air safety remains a concern in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even before current variants became known a reluctance to go back to the office existed. In fact, according to a study conducted earlier in 2021 by the Robert Half staffing agency, 34 percent of the workers polled said they would seek other employment if they were asked to return to the office full-time. Almost half of the workers who participated in the poll preferred an arrangement of divided work time between the office and another off-site location.  Another survey conducted by Morning Consult found that almost 40 percent of the workers polled had concerns about safely returning to the workplace. With new strains of COVID-19 now dominating the news, these concerns are not unfounded, but facilities managers should be proactive in their approach to building air safety. While the transition back to full-time in buildings may take time, there are some things employers can do to prove to ...
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