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

Reduce the risk of coronavirus as more people return to 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.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommends maximising the fresh air with the following:

  • 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

HSE has issued updated guidance on how to identify poorly ventilated areas and steps you can take to improve ventilation. It includes a video to help you.

HSE is carrying out spot checks and inspections by calling and visiting all types of businesses. Make sure your business is following the latest guidance and advice by visiting HSE coronavirus web pages.