Ventilation and air conditioning during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Removal of most coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions

This page is up to date following the removal of most restrictions in England. There are different regulations and guidance to follow for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The latest advice on keeping workplaces safe will help you assess the risks and continue to reduce COVID-19 transmission. This includes links to information on vaccination, as well as on testing, tracking and tracing (including where variants are spreading).

8. Ventilation in vehicles

Make sure workers switch on ventilation systems while they’re using work vehicles. They should be set to draw in fresh air and not to recirculate it.

Encourage your employees to keep vehicle windows open. If it’s cold they can leave the heating on to keep the vehicle comfortable.

If it’s safe to do so, opening doors of vehicles between different passengers will help to change the air quickly. Opening vehicle windows fully for a few minutes can also help clear the air before anyone else gets in.

The Department for Transport has guidance on working safely in taxis and private hire vehicles.

You should also make sure any control measures you identify by your risk assessment take account of the public health regulations and guidance for the nation you are working in.

Find the latest advice for EnglandScotland and Wales.

We review and update this page regularly to reflect changes in guidance.

Page last reviewed: 31 August 2021

Next review due: 30 September 2021

 
Updated 2021-08-31