COVID-19 Resources

Due to the high number of inquiries received and the continuous developments regarding the virus, TAG is offering COVID-19 Retainer Packages to businesses concerned with the impact of this outbreak.

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For the food industry

  • Daily Updates

  • Advice for Food Industry

  • What can you (we) all do?

 
Key Points

Updated: June 01, 2020

  • The total global count of COVID-19 surges past 6 million.

  • A new journal article discusses, “How can airborne transmission of COVID-19 indoors be minimized?”, read it free, here. Many thoughts include “appropriate building engineering controls includ[ing] sufficient and effective ventilation” and “avoiding overcrowding” that should be implemented “in parallel with effective application of other controls (including isolation and quarantine, social distancing and hand hygiene” also reflect CDC’s COVID-19 recommendations for office buildings. Read a quick summary below in our Recommendations for Industry. 

  • Be wary of fraudulent products, including non-alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Please ensure that any hand sanitizer you purchase contains at least 60%-alcohol.

 
Recommendations for
the Food Industry

COVID-19 Recovery Office Building Ventilation Recommendations.

Last week, CDC published new COVID-19 recommendations for office buildings. TAG believes the recommendations are essential to ensure employee safety and further recommends employers consult with an HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning)/ventilation expert on steps to improve ventilation in the building, which include:

  • Increase the percentage of outdoor air (e.g., using economizer modes of HVAC operations) potentially as high as 100%. It will be necessary to first verify compatibility with HVAC system capabilities for both temperature and humidity control as well as compatibility with outdoor/indoor air quality considerations.

  • If possible, increase the total airflow supply to occupied spaces.

  • Disable demand-control ventilation (DCV) controls that reduce air supply based on temperature or occupancy.

  • When environmental conditions and building requirements allow, consider using natural ventilation (i.e., opening windows if possible and safe to do so) to increase outdoor air dilution of indoor air.

  • Improve central air filtration:

    • Increase air filtration to as high as possible (MERV 13 or 14) without significantly diminishing design airflow.

    • Inspect filter housing and racks to ensure appropriate filter fit.

    • Check for ways to minimize filter bypass.

  • Consider running the building ventilation system even during unoccupied times to maximize dilution ventilation.

  • Generate clean-to-less-clean air movement by re-evaluating the positioning of supply and exhaust air diffusers and/or dampers and adjusting zone supply and exhaust flow rates to establish measurable pressure differentials. Have staff work in areas served by “clean” ventilation zones that do not include higher-risk areas such as visitor reception or exercise facilities (if open).

 

Employers should also consider:

  • Using portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) fan/filtration systems to enhance air cleaning (especially in higher risk areas).

  • Ensuring exhaust fans in restroom facilities are functional and operating at full capacity when the building is occupied.

  • Using ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) as a supplement to help inactivate the virus.

 
 
Outbreak Updates

As of June 01, 2020 (11:43 ET), there are over 6,203,000 cases (>372,000 deaths) worldwide.

Due to the increasing number of cases in the United States, TAG will move from reporting counts per country to focus on the United States, please see here for the data. For further information regarding worldwide numbers, please refer to John Hopkin University’s aggregate map.

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