This page is provided as a link to resources that may be helpful for those working to provide safe and reliable HVAC building serves and refrigeration essential to supporting hospitals, buildings, food chain, IT infrastructure and industrial processes. UK Government has not issued specific guidance for the operation of mechanical ventilation or air conditioning although UK trade associations are in regular contact with relevant departments on this issue. We will add extra links or information as they become available.

Note ACRIB takes no responsibility for the accuracy of the content of external websites, links are provided for information only, for businesses and individuals to make their own risk-based operational decisions.

 

HSE Coronavirus website has up to date guidance on risk assessment, covid-safe working, and guidance for construction sites www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus 

CIBSE have updated guidance on ventilation. Version 4 of the guidance is here: https://www.cibse.org/coronavirus-covid-19/emerging-from-lockdown

UK government Strategic Advisory Group for Emergencies Environment and Modelling Group guidance. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/emg-role-of-ventilation-in-controlling-sars-cov-2-transmission-30-september-2020

Construction Leadership Council guidance on working safely on construction sites

HSE has published guidance on Equipment legally subject to Written Schemes  and on Examination and Testing of Pressure Equipment

The BESA page: https://www.thebesa.com/covid19/ - also includes list of distributors still open for spares, daily webinars at 12 midday open to all with good advice on employers’ and employee’s rights, guidance on safe shut down of premises and reactivation at SFG30 ‘Mothballing and Reactivation’ https://www.sfg20.co.uk/whats-new/sfg30-mothballing-reactivation-out-now/, and key worker template letters.

Guidance on maintenance and shut down of cooling systems in buildings.  The UK Government has advised that essential maintenance and repair remains important work and government guidelines must be followed but with many buildings closed BESA have produced SFG20 Building Maintenance under COVID-19 as a free download https://www.thebesa.com/media/837544/sfg20-building-maintenance-guidance-covid-19.pdf

The REFCOM page: https://www.refcom.org.uk/blog/refcom-coronavirus-updates/

The Skillcard page: https://www.skillcard.org.uk/coronavirus-updates/

ASHRAE (USA) page Covid-19 Preparedness Resources: https://www.ashrae.org/technical-resources/resources .The London and Southeast ASHRAE group have recorded a webinar presentation by Prof Ljubomir Jankovic, University of Hertfordshire on Air Borne infectious diseases and building HVAC services, it cover building operation for owners and engineers. http://www.ashrae-london.com/events5.html.

BFFF (British Frozen Food Federation) questions page on Key Worker status: http://bfff.co.uk/forum/forum/key-workers/ including template letters. Also guidance on freezing product to preserve life of excess stocks, and is co-ordinating redistribution of surplus frozen and chilled foods.

Build UK has a page dedicated to safe construction site working https://builduk.org/coronavirus/ where you can download site operating guidance, and a pdf on contractual issues

CCF (Cold Chain Federation) have a COVID-19 updates page here https://www.coldchainfederation.org.uk/voice/the-cold-chain-blog/latest-coronavirus-information/ and are offing a weekly webinar bulletin for latest news https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2073569384488427277    New Guidance published (April 2020) on keeping workers safe in cold stores.

European Federation of Heating and Ventilation Engineers, REHVA, guidance page https://www.rehva.eu/activities/covid-19-guidance?no_cache=1covers how to operate and use building services in areas with coronavirus outbreak to prevent virus spread.

BSRIA guide to air permeability in isolation facilities BTS3201 (free) https://www.bsria.com/uk/product/BA8E4D/air_permeability_testing_of_isolation_facilities_bts_32018_a15d25e1/

 

AIRAH (Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Airconditioning and Heating)  FAQ : https://www.airah.org.au/Web/Industry_Leadership/Update_on_coronavirus/Common_questions_about_COVID-19/AIRAH/Navigation/Industry_leadership/Coronavirus_information/Common_questions_about_COVID-19.aspx

 

 

UK Government Business Support information

Recently announced support packages for businesses and individuals

https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/

 

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board member organisations

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