In this post our Segment Leader for Property/Facility Management, Jon Holmes, shares his expertise on air filtration guidelines for commercial buildings and offers tips that facility managers can use to earn recognition from BOMA Canada.
The concept of “going to work” has shifted entirely since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic that first had a major impact on the workplace in March 2020. A number of businesspeople have traded their cubicles and the watercooler for the dining room table and water from the kitchen tap.
In fact, almost of all Canadian employees were working most hours from home at the beginning of 20211. As more workers become vaccinated and cases continue to drop, employers are developing plans to get their staff back in the physical workplace on a part-time or full-time basis. Consequently, facility managers and employers must take action to ensure the workplace environment is safe and that the proper mechanisms are in place to prevent virus transmission.
How Does COVID-19 Spread in Office Buildings?
According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are three principle transmission methods of COVID-192:
- Exhaled droplets or virus particles (e.g. Splash from a cough) that are exposed to another person’s mucous membranes
- Virus transfer from touching common surfaces/soiled hands and subsequently touching mucous membranes
- Inhalation of air carrying very small droplets and aerosol particles that contain infectious...
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