Whether you own a business or run a school, reopening America requires all of us to move forward together to reduce our risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. As many offices and businesses prepare to return to work, it will be more important than ever to make sure your Back-to-Work Plan includes the proper level of professional cleaning and disinfection of HVAC equipment and domestic water systems. In addition to face coverings, daily health assessments, good hygiene, frequent handwashing and social distancing, we would also recommend preparing your workplace in the following ways:
1.Preventive Maintenance + Sterilization of HVAC Equipment
The CDC has issued several recommendations for effective cleaning of facilities, including specialized cleaning and disinfecting recommendations for facilities with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.
These recommendations include:
- Sterilization of coils
- Filter changes
- Annual preventive maintenance of cooling equipment
Speer Mechanical complies the environmental health and safety needs of all customers. Existing service contract customers will be prioritized when scheduling preventive maintenance and equipment upgrades in the coming weeks and months.
2.Flushing and Disinfecting Domestic Water
- After a period of vacancy or reduced usage, all building owners and managers should revisit their water management program to ensure effective treatment.
- The CDC has provided toolkit that addresses ASHRAE Standard 188: Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems (ANSI approved) and ASHRAE
Guideline 12-2000: Minimizing the Risk of Legionellosis Associated with Building Water Systems. This toolkit includes a worksheet which will help determine if a water management program is necessary and examples of common water problems and how to address them.
Best practices outlined by the CDC, WHO and the Ohio Department of Health are evolving as we learn more about COVID-19. We will keep you updated on the latest recommendations and how it applies to your operation.
For more information, please reference the links below.