Ventilation Guidance for Small Businesses

Ventilation Guidance for Small Businesses

On Wednesday 4th October Dr Abigail Hathway lead a webinar to disseminate recently developed ventilation guidance for small businesses to environmental health teams across the U.K. (Talk available here:

The guidance was developed from research with small business owners to understand both technical and behavioural challenges to improving ventilation and can be found here:

Over 120 people virtually attended the webinar with attendees from across the breadth of the U.K. We had fantastic engagement from attendees and encourage environmental health professionals that were unable to attend to watch the youtube video.

In addition to Dr Abigail Hathway’s talk on the guidance we also had Professor Cath Noakes explain the concept of the ‘Indoor Air Quality Observatory’ (talk available here: and questionnaire here: The Indoor Air Quality Observatory has a long term aim to establish a national network of indoor air quality sensors to determine air quality in buildings using low cost, networked sensors to establish the potential extent and effect of poor indoor air quality on human health.

The ventilation guidance was funded and supported by the following:

The PROTECT COVID-19 National Core Study on transmission and environment, managed by the Health and Safety Executive on behalf of HM Government.

– Sheffield City Council

– COVID-19 Recovery Knowledge Exchange grant from the Higher Education Innovation fund, managed by the University of Sheffield

– Dissemination was supported by the Future Urban Ventilation Network (NERC grant reference : NE/V002082/1) which is part of the UKRI Strategic Priorities Fund’s Clean Air Programme.

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