COVID-19: HVAC Considerations and Return to Work Training

Jun 01, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

The F&S Health and Safety Response Team (HSRT) reviewed the recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) for the operation of HVAC systems during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a proactive measure based on the guidance, team members outlined the following considerations for campus building HVAC systems from this information.

F&S staff will continue to research and monitor the latest engineering, science and health data related to the operation of HVAC systems. F&S will also continue performing preventive maintenance activities and updating run times to better coordinate with current occupancy scheduling.

The HSRT has also prepared COVID-19 Return-to-Work Health and Safety Awareness Training for campus employees transitioning back on-site. The training provides general information on COVID-19, efforts the university is taking to protect employees, steps employees can take to protect themselves and their co-workers, and answers frequently asked questions. A NetID, password, and two-factor authentication are required to access the training.

To find out more about the HVAC system in your facility or if you have questions about the training, please contact We remain focused on providing innovative service delivery across our organization that helps to prevent the potential community spread of COVID-19 or other infectious diseases on campus.


Dr. Mohamed Attalla, MBA, P.Eng.
Executive Director, Facilities & Services