The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) have released the third in a series of free guides advising building managers on how to achieve healthy indoor air quality (IAQ). The “Safe Havens” blueprint outlines the steps that need to be taken to protect building occupants from airborne illnesses, as well as advising on the questions that FMs should be asking ventilation experts.
With the COVID-19 pandemic prompting renewed fears about airborne illnesses, ensuring effective circulation is now of utmost importance to building managers. Professor Cath Noakes OBE comments in the forward: “Even if only 10% of all Covid-19 related deaths in the UK could be directly attributed to the failure to adequately ventilate indoor spaces, that would be more than 15,000 since the start of the pandemic – a shocking statistic that should make everyone sit up and take notice”.
Both monitoring and action are needed to achieve safer ventilation and schools are a key area for improvement for the health of both students and staff.