At Jones, we recognise the growing awareness around the demand for responsible business behaviour with issues relating to sustainability, ethics and respect for all of our stakeholders. We are extremely passionate about culture, diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace and recognise the impacts that they have on both their environment and the society in which they operate.
COVID19 – Impact on Building Services
What does your new normal look like ?
How to operate and use building services in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) virus (SARS-CoV-2) in workplaces.
How long does COVID-19 last on surfaces?
According to the World Health Organisation, It is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronaviruses. Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days.
A new study, which has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, specifically examined the longevity of Covid-19.
This study looked at ten different experimental conditions involving two viruses, SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes Covid-19) and SARS-CoV- 1 (the virus that caused SARS) in aerosols – to reproduce coughing – plastic, stainless steel, copper, and cardboard.
The findings suggested that the virus that causes Covid-19 could survive:
- In aerosols for up to three hours
- On cardboard for up to 24 hours
- On plastic and stainless-steel surfaces for up to three days.
The authors specifically noted that SARS-CoV-2 can remain “viable and infectious” on surfaces for days. This echoed many of the findings the researchers had with SARS-CoV-1.Unfortunately, the study did not look at how long the virus could survive on clothing and other surfaces.
Deep cleaning of surfaces, regular hand washing, closing the toilet lid when flushing are some examples of preventing the spread of the virus on surfaces. Decontamination fogging is shown to be an effective method to produce a deep clean surfaces and kills the virus, protecting the surface for up to 3 days. This service is available to clients at request. Contact your account manager for more information.
Building Owners / Manager Obligations during lockdown
Understand what your legal obligations are regarding essential maintenance when it comes to the lock down, what services must be maintained and why?
Jones Engineering Services Operations
Jones Engineering Services are still operating, providing essential services to our clients. We are committed to providing the same superior service with additional protocols to protect our service engineers, clients and family members alike. We will continue to communicate with our clients to understand their protocols and work with them to serve their needs.
The measures implemented are as follows:
- Service Engineers health is monitored on an ongoing basis, we are also recording the locations and movement of our engineers in a close manner.
Engineers have been provided with:
- safety glasses for eye protection and to prevent touching eyes
- Nitrile gloves for use as required
- Boot covers and Tyvek suits as required
- Face Masks to be worn when in close proximity to others
- Service Engineers travel alone to the place of work
- We have waived the requirement for a client signature on work dockets implementing a verbal and written confirmation once the call is closed.
- Engineers are reducing exposure to clients and their staff by communicating by phone and email.
- Management and purchasing are working closely with engineers and our supply chain to plan our collections and deliveries in advance if material is required to prevent face to face interaction.
- Account Managers and Accounts are working remotely and are available through the same channels as before.
We hope all of our clients stay safe and stay well in the months ahead. We want to reassure you that we are here to assist when required
Your free cooling is coming to an end for this period with your chillers now becoming enabled more frequently and the use of the cooling function of your AC units. There is no need to reduce the set points in the areas and where local control is provided for AC units it is recommended that the lockable band is implemented to prevent disputes in temperatures with employees.
There are a few items that you can check to ensure your system is operating efficiently. Check your weather compensation settings for your variable temperature circuits. Typical settings for the weather compensator working on a delta T of 80/60 is 0/20 at max 80 and min 20, this means that when your outside air temperature is reading 0 Deg C the heat source will provide 80 Degrees Celsius to the circuit and if the outdoor sensor reads 20 Degrees Celsius the circuit will be provided with 20 Degrees Celsius rendering the circuit inactive. Contact your account manger if you have any queries on the operation of your system.
Gain some CPD points
With many CPD’s now being carried out online, its the perfect time to sign up on your lunch break and get insight to new regulations or brush up on the basics to add to your annual CPD Points.
Upcoming CPD’s below that you might find interesting:
Camfil – Molecular Filtration: Odour Control – Tuesday 28th April
Grundfos – Pump Basics – Wednesday 29th April
Versatile – Design & Specification of Fan Coils – Thursday 30th April
Lindab – Fire, Fire/Smoke Dampers – Friday 1st May
The Construction Industry Federation has published new guidelines on the 15th April 2020. The purpose of this document is to protect workers, their families and the community, whilst also recognising the need to protect livelihoods. The document has been endorsed by the Federation’s Executive Body for implementation.
Along with the guidance document the CIF have also introduced a 1 hour ‘CIF Online C-19 Induction’ online induction module for its members to complete before returning to work. An electronic card will be emailed to the recipient on completion of the module.
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