OHS Canada Magazine

PODCAST: HVAC’s increased importance in workplace safety

Ontario Society of Professional Engineers CEO Sandro Perruzza discusses best practice in air ventilation systems amid pandemic


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, more focus is being put on heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

Through the winter months, many HVAC systems in public and commercial spaces re-circulate air instead of funnelling fresh air in, according to the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) in Toronto.

As a result, HVAC systems recycle the same air, potentially infected with COVID-19.

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Sandro Perruzza, CEO of the OSPE, recently joined OHS Canada editor Marcel Vander Wier on the Safe Zone podcast to discuss best practice in air ventilation systems amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this episode, Perruzzo responds to the following questions:

  • Why are HVAC systems so important right now when it comes to keeping workers safe?
  • As governments prepare for re-opening economies and schools, do you believe there’s been enough focus on ventilation and air flow in indoor working environments?
  • Is there a gold standard when it comes to various equipment choices in this area?
  • What tips would you give health and safety professionals for investigating equipment in their own buildings?
  • What does the future hold in this area of air quality and workplace safety?