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Good ventilation in the workplace can help reduce the spread of coronavirus

HSE is supporting businesses to reduce the risk of coronavirus as more people return to the workplace.


Alongside cleaning, hygiene and handwashing, good ventilation is one of the best ways to reduce the spread of coronavirus in the workplace.

As coronavirus spreads through the air, the virus can build up in poorly ventilated areas, increasing the risk of infection. It is a legal requirement for employers to ensure an adequate supply of fresh air (ventilation) in enclosed areas of the workplace.

Maximising the fresh air in a space can be done by:

  • natural ventilation which relies on passive air flow through windows, doors and air vents that can be fully or partially opened

  • mechanical ventilation using fans and ducts to bring in fresh air from outside, or

  • a combination of natural and mechanical ventilation

The HSE's updated guidance looks at how to identify poorly ventilated areas and steps you can take to improve ventilation. It includes a video to help you.

To support businesses further in understanding the working safely guidance and how to implement COVID measures, HSE is continuing to carry out spot checks and inspections by calling, visiting and inspecting all types of businesses.

For all the latest information and advice visit the HSE's coronavirus web pages.

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