Airflow case study

AIRFLOW AND ITS MICROBIAL CONTAMINATION IN AN OFFICE ENVIRONMENT

When we think about cross-contamination we tend to think about microbes being transferred via different modes of surface or person contact as the role we play in the spreading of microbes is well understood. However, do we know enough about the role of airflow in cross-contamination?

In some environments, precautionary methods like improved handwashing and cleaning regimes have played a significant role in improving hygiene levels and reducing cross-contamination.

Awareness of this issue has also seeped into the public consciousness, how often do you see people using alcohol wipes or similar gels to sanitise their hands or surfaces the need to touch?

However, the transmission of microbes by air movement is considered less by public in any environment. When in fact, units or systems that affect airflow, like air-conditioning, can impact the number of microorganisms on a surface.

Most buildings are equipped with air-conditioning or heating systems that rely on convection, which itself increases air movement, this includes buildings of purposes like offices, gyms, hotel rooms, shops, health centres and hospitals, education properties and more. Overtime, these systems collect bacteria and when it is in use, these substances are released into the environment.

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Airflow case study