This guidance builds on the necessity to identify and act in poorly ventilated areas. It includes factors to consider as part of an assessment to provide sufficient ventilation for reducing the risk from aerosol transmission.
Areas covered in the expanded guidance include air cleaning and filtration units, and ventilation in vehicles.
- 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, for example where mechanical ventilation relies on natural ventilation to maximise fresh air
Read the updated guidance and find out how you can provide adequate ventilation in your workplace, helping to protect workers and other people from transmission of coronavirus
HSE’s Noise exposure calculator helps you to estimate and record workers’ exposures to noise and compare them with the exposure action and limit values in the regulations as part of a noise risk assessment.
It combines the previous daily exposure calculator and weekly exposure calculator in one calculator with separate tabs to help simplify the process. More importantly, advice on actions that should be taken when certain action values are exceeded is also provided.
The calculator contains a new exposure limit value calculator to take into account the attenuation provided by the hearing protection worn when compared with the exposure limit value. Advice is also given in terms of the suitability of hearing protector provided in relation to attenuation.
The revised calculator can be accessed at the HSE website
With many sectors of the economy preparing to reopen following COVID-19 lockdown, businesses are reminded to remain cautious and make sure their COVID-secure measures, including other health and safety measures, are in place to ensure the ongoing protection of workers, visitors and others.
COVID-secure involves being adaptable to the current guidance and having procedures in place to manage the risk of COVID-19.
Key points for businesses to consider:
- Remember your COVID risk assessment
- Renewed vigour on COVID-secure measures
- With infection rates dropping businesses should not become complacent .
Further information on COVID-secure is available