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 and the announcement of Plan B. 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.

7. 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 workers 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.

Video on ventilating vehicles to tackle COVID-19

The following video shows you how to keep vehicles ventilated.

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

Page last reviewed: 31 December 2021

Next review due: 30 January 2022

 
Updated 2021-12-09