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ASHRAE Offers Technical Assistance to Biden-Harris COVID-19 Advisory Board

On November 9, the Biden-Harris Transition announced the formation of a COVID-19 Advisory Board, who will advise Biden and Harris on how to manage coronavirus cases, protect at-risk populations, reduce transmission of the virus and plan for safe and effective distribution of an anticipated vaccine. The Advisory Board has 13 members, including three co-chairs. Because no engineering expertise was included on the Task Force, ASHRAE President Chuck Gulledge wrote to the co-chairs offering ASHRAE’s technical support and that of the Epidemic Task Force. 


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OSHA Cites ASHRAE in Guidance on Ventilation in the Workplace

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently posted COVID-19 guidance on ventilation in the workplace. The press release includes a link to the ASHRAE technical resources page on Facilities Maintenance. To review the full OSHA alert, click here.


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Education Week Includes ASHRAE Resources in "COVID-19 Explainer for Schools"

The publication Education Week has compiled a "COVID-19 Explainer" article for educators, parents and school building staff that includes suggestions and answers to frequently asked questions. As COVID-19 infection rates continue to rise and schools are also facing colder temperatures and increased indoor activity, many are looking for clear guidance for reopening buildings safely. The article includes a quote regarding air purifiers from Corey Metzger, Schools Team Chair for the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force, as well as a link to the ASHRAE Reopening Schools and Universities Guidance. The Education Week article can be found here.  


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National Restaurant Association Includes ASHRAE Guidance in Updated COVID-19 Standards

In late October, the National Restaurant Association updated its guidelines for the safe operation of restaurants during the coronavirus pandemic. A section was added specifically on aerosol transmission, mentioning the specific steps that ASHRAE’s Epidemic Task Force COVID-19 Guidance recommends. Those measures stress the importance of conducting routine maintenance and service checks to ensure systems designed to move or filter ambient air are working as intended. They also advise restaurants to keep the fans of their HVAC systems running continuously to keep the air moving and that establishments set their controls to prevent humidity and the warmth that can sustain pathogens. ASHRAE’s inclusion in the guidance is also highlighted on the National Restaurant Association webpage where the document can be downloaded, along with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The National Restaurant Association’s Updated COVID-19 Safe Operating Guidance can be found here


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