FM - Week 2: A safe return to the office


Managing the day-to-day operations of your workplace ventilation systems

With the light at the end of the tunnel in sight; the prospect of returning to the office is getting closer; office occupiers should be considering the ventilation of their building to keep their staff safe.

Woodford can assist with Risk Assessments to enable you to be happy when your teams return to the office.

Due to ventilation being a big talking point for the government, we have given an over view below on how to improve the ventilation in your building – please let us know if we can help.

How to improve mechanical ventilation (including air conditioning) post Lockdown:

Woodford are the TEAM you can trust to manage the day-to-day operations of your workplace ventilation systems to help you to:
• Understand how they operate
• Make sure they’re supplying fresh air into an area and how much
• Make sure they’re maintained in line with manufacturers’ instructions

We can help you to maintain and retain the mechanical ventilation rates if the number of people reduces in an office area temporarily.
We can ensure your base ventilation rates on the maximum ‘normal’ occupancy of an area remain.

Maximising fresh air:
Woodford can help you to keep your systems online to provide adequate ventilation for their use.
The good news is that if your system draws in fresh air, it can continue to operate. You need to know how much fresh air it draws in and if this provides adequate ventilation. You may need to increase the rate or supplement with natural ventilation (opening doors, windows and air vents) where possible.
You can also consider extending the operating times of mechanical ventilation systems to before and after people use work areas – we can help you with this.

Recirculating air:
It is preferable not to recirculate air from one space to another.
Recirculation units for heating and cooling that do not draw in a supply of fresh air can remain in operation provided there is a supply of outdoor air, for example windows and doors left open.
Recirculation units (including air conditioning) can mask poor ventilation as they only make an area feel more comfortable.

Please contact Sheaun or Andrew to discuss any of the above or any other PPM or reactive maintenance of your central plant, boilers and air conditioning units. Our team is ready for your call.

0208 498 2072

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