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Ventilation and air conditioning during the pandemic

The law requiring employers to ensure an adequate supply of fresh air in the workplace has not changed during the pandemic. Good ventilation, together with social distancing, keeping your workplace clean and frequent handwashing, can help reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.


HSE’s updated ventilation and air conditioning guidance will help you identify poorly ventilated areas of your workplace and provides steps to take to improve ventilation. It will apply in most workplaces and includes guidance on:

  • balancing ventilation with keeping people warm

  • identifying poorly ventilated areas

  • how to improve ventilation

  • ventilation in vehicles


If you're operating over the Christmas period, make sure your business is COVID-secure


During the busy festive period, it’s really important to continue to make sure workplaces are COVID-secure and workers are following the measures in place.


The COVID-secure website will help businesses keep up to date with the latest guidance, have measures in place to manage the risk from coronavirus, and protect workers, visitors and customers.

To check businesses are following the guidance, HSE will continue to carry out spot checks and inspections by calling and visiting businesses in the run up to Christmas.

For all the latest information and advice visit our coronavirus site.

It includes information on:

Industry training


CITB are offering a free online training course: COVID-19 Setting up and operating a safe construction site.

Aimed at site managers and supervisors who are required to set up and operate a construction site during the pandemic, its content is also applicable to anyone who works in or interacts with construction sites.


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