Whatever sector or industry you operate in and regardless of the size or location of your workplace, you have responsibilities that you need to be aware of in relation to your working environment, which includes HVAC – Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning.
These responsibilities have increased in recent months and we want to help you to be aware of them and then offer help for you in fulfilling them.
Your responsibilities around are towards Your People, Your Workplace and The Environment
Your people are your key asset and their health and wellbeing is your highest priority. Your HVAC systems are a key element of the environment in which your people work and, if set up incorrectly, can even contribute to the spread of germs withing a building.
With more focus than ever on providing a working environment that is clean and safe, it is imperative that your HVAC equipment is kept clean and in prime working order.
It is also essential that there is adequate fresh air supply through sufficient ventilation provision, with fresh guidance issued by governing bodies.
Ventilation in the workplace is covered under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 which states that workplaces need to be adequately ventilated in the proper manner by which clean air is drawn from an external source outside of the workplace and circulated throughout the building.
You should be aware that you are responsible by law to the environment in keeping your HVAC equipment well-maintained to prevent leaks of gas and refrigerant which can be very harmful to the environment.