Updated Airborne Transmission Guidance from the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force

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On April 5, 2021, the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force released the following statement:

Airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 is significant and should be controlled. Changes to building operations, including the operation of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems, can reduce airborne exposures.

This statement is an update from the previous understanding that airborne transmission was “sufficiently likely”. Given this firmer stance, ASHRAE encourages organizations to provide more robust ventilation and filtration measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19. To see more information about the updated guidance, please visit: https://www.ashrae.org/about/news/2021/ashrae-epidemic-task-force-releases-updated-airborne-transmission-guidance

ASHRAE is an invaluable resource for research, standards writing, certification, and continuing education. For more information on their COVID-19 resources, such as core recommendations for reducing exposure from airborne infectious aerosol, please explore: https://www.ashrae.org/technical-resources/resources

Circle Safety can provide a wide range of services to support these efforts, from site inspections and sampling and monitoring to respirator fit testing and written programs. We offer training, available both virtually and in-person (with proper safety measures). If your organization needs assistance navigating COVID-19 safety guidelines and regulations or has any other safety needs, please contact us at 804-355-7255.

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