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As election season continues throughout the nation during the pandemic, the The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Epidemic Task Force is offering HVAC and water supply system guidance for polling places.
ASHRAE’s Building Readiness guidance provides practical information and checklists to help minimize the chance of spreading SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
“Protecting our voters and poll workers from increasing the spread of COVID-19 at polling places is essential to protecting the health, welfare and safety of the entire population,” said Dennis Knight, ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force vice chair. “Many different HVAC system types are used in polling places, so adaptation of these guidelines to specific cases is necessary.”
Here is a summary of key general recommendations related to HVAC and water supply systems for polling places:
The complete Epidemic Task Force Guidance document for polling places can be found on www.ashrae.org.
“The task force’s approach to protecting indoor air quality in polling place is practical, and can help safeguard voters, poll workers and other building occupants as most sites are shared locations that serve many different purposes,” said Luke Leung, ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force commercial/retail team lead.
ASHRAE’s Epidemic Task Force has developed guidance and building readiness information for different operating conditions and several building types, including commercial, residential, educational, and healthcare facilities.
To view complete guidance on HVAC and water supply systems in polling places, along with other COVID-19 resources, visit www.ashrae.org/COVID-19.