New method to help control COVID-19 transmission

Validating claims – ensure staff safety

Having an air cleaning system in place that can effectively remove and inactivate SARS-CoV-2 can help protect employees from COVID-19. Despite some devices being marketed in this way, if these claims of effectiveness against SARS-CoV-2 have not been validated, then a business cannot be sure that it is protecting staff or creating a COVID-secure environment.

The need for these systems to be independently validated was highlighted in a recent position paper by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE). The paper identified a lack of robust scientific data supporting the efficacy of such systems against relevant test organisms under realistic in-use conditions.

Identifying potential chemical hazards

SAGE’s paper also identified the potential chemical hazards associated with some air cleaning systems, including CO2 and ozone. It is important that these devices are tested to ensure that levels of these substances do not exceed recommended maximum levels under in-use conditions…Read more