Ventilation during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Latest advice on keeping workplaces safe from COVID-19

This page is up to date with working safely guidance in England. You can check the most up to date measures on GOV.UK. There are different regulations and guidance for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The latest advice on continuing to keep workplaces safe will help you assess the risks and reduce COVID-19 transmission. This includes links to advice from public health bodies and other government departments on measures not implemented by HSE.

5. Balancing ventilation with keeping people warm at work

Providing adequate ventilation does not mean people have to work in an uncomfortably chilly or cold workplace.

There are simple steps you can take to make sure your workplace is adequately ventilated without being too cold:

  • Partially opening windows and doors can still provide adequate ventilation
  • Open higher-level windows to create fewer draughts
  • If the area is cold, relax dress codes so people can wear extra layers and warmer clothing
  • You could set the heating to maintain a comfortable temperature even when windows and doors are open
  • Consider providing additional sources of heating if required. Only use fan convector heaters if the area is well ventilated

You can also regularly air the space in rooms that rely on natural ventilation, by opening windows and doors as fully as possible.

For example, you can do this when people leave for a break. Even 10 minutes an hour can help reduce the risk from virus in the air, depending on the size of the room.

This page is reviewed regularly and updated to reflect any changes in the guidance.

Page last reviewed: 19 January 2022

Next review due: 30 January 2022

Updated 2021-12-29