A principle objective of #FreshAirSchools is to equip school stakeholders with educational material which:
- describes the importance of #FreshAir in limiting the spread of Covid-19
- gives simple advice on creating #FreshAir classrooms
- showcases engaging, accessible and reliable #FreshAir resources, which are publicly available, free of charge
Public health organisations recognise airborne transmission
Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air is the new Public Health England Covid-19 health message, which acknowledges that the disease can be transmitted through virus particles suspended in air which has been breathed out by an infected individual.
This reflects a body of scientific data, nicely summarised in the Lancet medical journal, and the importance of ensuring good ventilation to prevent the spread of Covid-19 is further underlined by the World Health Organisation in their Roadmap to improve and ensure good indoor ventilation in the context of COVID-19.
Oxford University videos on airborne transmission
Oxford University Department of Primary Care Health Sciences have produced a suite of short videos explaining airborne transmission of Covid-19, and how this can be mitigated.
The videos – which are suitable for use across Local Authority and school community settings – are available on our #FreshAir Education Package playlist. Oxford University have also provided a sharable link, and all the videos are available on the YouTube Channel of animator Vicki Martin, alongside narrated and Welsh versions.
Written and graphical resources
Succinct graphical and written information on aerosol transmission can be found in both English and Welsh at www.freshair.wales, a resource developed by GP Dr Eilir Hughes and Materials Scientist and Risk Analyst Dr Huw Waters of #FreshAirNHS.
A Frequently Asked Questions resource has been formulated by “scientists and engineers with many years of collective research experience related to indoor air quality, aerosol science, aerosol disease transmission, and engineered control systems for aerosols.” Read it here.
The Building and Engineering Services Association have produced a Beginners Guide to Indoor Air Quality, suitable for use by school leadership teams, buildings managers, facilities managers and caretakers.
Legal duty to provide good ventilation
As confirmed in the Health and Safety Executives guidance on Ventilation and air conditioning during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, “The law says employers must make sure there’s an adequate supply of fresh air (ventilation) in enclosed areas of the workplace. This has not changed during the pandemic.” Further information on fulfilling this duty is available in our Template Letter to Councillors and MP’s.
The HSE guidance should be read in full and adhered to by all parties responsible for the safe running of schools, alongside Ventilation Guidance from the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers.
These pieces of guidance apply to all schools, not only those with Heating, Ventilation and Cooling Systems installed. They are both referenced in the Department for Education Schools Coronavirus (COVID-19) Operational Guidance.
Some countries have developed low cost strategies to assess and improve airflow; see our Low Cost Solutions page for details.
Further engaging content can be found in the #FreshAirSchools Resource Centre.
The #FreshAirSchools team are committed to a multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach to promoting accurate and engaging educational content on the prevention of airborne transmission within schools and other community settings.