Recently, the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration (ACHR) News published an article titled, “Indoor Environment Plays Role in Virus Transmission” where they cite researchers from two universities reporting that high temperature and humidity levels may reduce the transmission of COVID-19. To read the full article go to ACHRNews.
AIHA has provided a guidance document for when buildings reopen from COVID-19 closures. If a building was not properly cleaned for COVID-19 or maintained during the shutdown, opening the building can pose a health hazard to their occupants. These health hazards can be:
- Mold growth can occur if temperature and humidity levels are not maintained.
- Legionella is a concern if water systems in buildings are idle.
- Ensuring COVID-19 is not present prior to reoccupancy by cleaning and disinfecting interior occupied spaces, furnishings, and mechanical per the CDC guidelines.
PHASE Associates can help with the above. We are an AIHA listed consultant with Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIHs) that have the expertise to review the following:
- Toxicity and efficacy of disinfectant chemicals
- Identify safe remediation practices
- Assess the risk of COVID-19
- Develop management plans to control other building-related hazards such as Legionella and mold.
Please contact Gary Schwartz at [email protected] to find out how we can help you manage building maintenance during the COVID-19 shutdown and how we can help to reopen buildings.
Duke University Health System has evaluated and will begin utilitizing Hydrogen Peroxide Vapor to decontaminate N95 respirators. Attached is the abstract that discusses their discovery.