Talking Air Filtration, NAFA Podcast. From air filtration industry experts, this series of talks focuses on indoor air quality control. The podcast features two discussions on how air filtration plays a role in keeping your indoor environment up to snuff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to listen to Understanding ASHRAE’s Recommendations on Filtration and Disinfection for COVID-19, and COVID-19 and/or Air Filtration Frequently Asked Questions. (Last podcast aired December 1, 2020)

What to know about Air Purifiers and the Coronavirus. Curious if your air purifier offers protection from transmission of COVID-19? This article from Consumer Reports explains how air purifiers filter coronavirus and under which conditions they work best. Click here to learn more. (Updated May 5, 2020)

New Ventilation Guidelines For Health-Care Facilities, ASHRAE. Brush-up on ventilation requirements and practices with this quick read from ASHRAE Journal of The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). This paper offers short summaries on ventilation requirements for various types of rooms in healthcare facilities. Click here to read.  (April 28, 2020)

Design Distinctions for Exam, Procedure and Operating Rooms. The COVID-19 pandemic has some practice owners questioning the role that the office design plays in transmission risk among staff and patients. Considering a re-design? This article from The American Society of Healthcare Engineers breaks down the Facility Guideline Institute's in a convenient user-friendly format. Bringing attention to the planning of spaces by procedure and room type, the authors encourage practice owners to consider a few key recommendations that will offer greatest amount of safety for patients and staff. Click here to learn more about planning a facility. (April 28, 2020)

Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, ASHRAE. A technical paper on ventilation requirements for various types of public occupied spaces, including dental, this standard from The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is a detailed look at the ventilation measures used to meet indoor air quality requirements. Click here to view. (April 28, 2020)

Indoor Air Quality, California Code of Regulations, Division of Occupational Safety and Health Policy and Procedures. This regulatory code from California presents the policies and procedures of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health investigating workplace indoor air quality issues and complaints.  To learn more, click here. (April 28, 2020)

Guidelines for Environmental Infection Control in Health-Care Facilities: Air, CDC. This infection control guideline from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) directs attention to airborne contamination of clinical facilities. Emphasis is on airborne contaminant removal, air sampling for aerosols containing legionellae, calculation of air sampling results and ventilation specifications. To visit the page, click here. (April 28, 2020)

Guidelines for Environmental Infection Control in Health-Care Facilities: Background: Air, CDC. Offering extensive information on airborne contaminants and evidence-backed recommendations, this webpage from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a useful resource for those looking to expand their knowledge of infectious airborne disease in clinical facilities.  This sister document explains modes of transmission of airborne diseases; airborne infectious diseases in health-care facilities; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems; construction, renovation, remediation, repair and demolition; and environmental infection-control measures for special settings. Click here to learn more. (April 28, 2020)

 

More Resources:

COVID-19 and Air Filtration Frequently Asked Questions, NAFA. Click here to view. (April 28, 2020)

Environmental Health Committee (EHC) Emerging Issue Brief: Pandemic COVID-19 and Airborne Transmission, ASHRAE. Click here to view. (April 17, 2020)

Position Document on Infectious Aerosols, ASHRAE. Click here to view. (April 14, 2020)

Talking Air Filtration with Dr. Jeff Siegel, NAFA. Click here to view. (March 28, 2020)

Controlling Aerosols, RDH Magazine. Click here to view. (March 1, 2020)