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COVID-19 Resources

According to the CDC, COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, a new coronavirus discovered in 2019.

“The principal mode by which people are infected with SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) is through exposure to respiratory fluids carrying infectious virus. Exposure occurs in three principal ways: (1) inhalation of very fine respiratory droplets and aerosol particles, (2) deposition of respiratory droplets and particles on exposed mucous membranes in the mouth, nose, or eye by direct splashes and sprays, and (3) touching mucous membranes with hands that have been soiled either directly by virus-containing respiratory fluids or indirectly by touching surfaces with virus on them.”

As many are returning to their traditional workplace, OEHS professionals are tasked with providing an environment which minimizes risk. In 2020 ACGIH formed the Pandemic Response Task Force. Led by Dr. Lisa Brosseau, the task force began compiling resources and producing fact sheets to highlight the importance of infectious aerosol inhalation and describe tools for prioritizing risks and selecting appropriate controls.

SARS-CoV-2 Aerosol Inhalation

ACGIH Fact Sheet – The Virus is in the Air

Respirators, Surgical Masks and Face Coverings

ACGIH Fact Sheet – Workers Need Respirators

Ventilation for Aerosol Transmissible Pathogens

ACGIH Fact Sheet – Airflow Patterns Matter

Health and Safety Programs for Pandemic Organisms

ACGIH Fact Sheet – Health and Safety Programs Protect Workers