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ASHRAE Announces Update to Health Care Facility Ventilation Standard
ASHRAE this month released an updated edition of the American National Standard, ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170, Ventilation of Health Care Facilities. The standard offers guidance to designers of health care facilities.
The 2021 edition incorporates content in support of the new framework introduced in 2017, which expanded the standard into three distinct sections: hospital spaces, outpatient spaces, and residential healthcare spaces in alignment with the Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) publications.
The 2021 edition delivers critical guidance for designers and operators of these front-line facilities and incorporates 17 addenda to the 2017 edition of the standard. Changes include:
Access more information via ASHRAE's recent news item.
Q&A with ASSP President Deb Roy on Planning for a Safe Return to the Workplace
As vaccinations ramp up and offices begin to re-open around the country, organizations may face multiple challenges while they accommodate staff returning to work. In a recent Q&A feature article by the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), ASSP president Deb Roy explained some steps employers can take to protect employee health and safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. She also addressed the psychosocial aspects of transitioning back to the workplace.
Also in support of safe back-to-office practices, ASSP's other new podcast on Keeping a Safe Distance at Work covers Amazon’s Distance Assistant technology. The open-source innovation is supporting the health and safety of Amazon employees through improved physical distancing.
See more ANSI member efforts in the ANSI COVID-19 Resource Webpage Highlighting Standardization Community Response.