Clean Air is Essential to Hospitals
According to the World Health Organization, poorly-ventilated buildings can lead to an increased spread of disease. Good ventilation is especially essential to hospitals and other health facilities; evidence in the linked article shows a higher risk of infection for patients, workers and visitors when air circulation is inadequate.
This can be especially dangerous for those who are already susceptible to infection, such as the young, elderly and those with weak immune systems. Air pollution has been proven to cause and exacerbate a variety of health issues. 4.2 million premature deaths are linked to air pollution, the causes being: heart disease, stroke, pulmonary disease, lung cancer and acute respiratory infections.
The solution to this would be to design hospitals with air quality in mind. Ensuring that the structure of the building allows for air flow will promote good health and prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria.
However, many hospitals are health-related buildings are built without airflow in mind. In this case, there are measures that can be taken to make the best of the situation. Hospitals also have a high risk of fire and in this case, fire dampers can be installed to help impede the spread of fire and smoke. Fire Dampers must also be tested every 12 Months as stated in BS9999:2017 and HTM03-01
If a hospital regularly has its ductwork cleaned it will make it harder for viruses and bacteria to breed and spread. Additionally, having a sufficient air-handling unit will improve the air quality, impeding the spread of disease. Yearly Inspection and Testing of the Ductwork Systems Cleanliness would also be advantageous and is in fact a requirement for Critical Systems as stated in HTM03-01
In fact, it is actually a legal requirement to have your ductwork inspected on a regular basis. Here are the various regulations which support this: The 1974 Health & Safety at Work Act, 1992 The Workplace Health, Safety & Welfare Regulations 1984, Occupier’s Liability Act 1984 and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations HTM03-01.
At Ductbusters, we provide various ductwork services to hospitals, including ductwork cleaning and free site surveys. Have a read of one of our hospital case studies, or feel free to contact us with any queries you may have.
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