Every Authorising Engineer shall at all times so order his conduct as to uphold the dignity and reputation of his profession and to safeguard the public interest in matters of safety and health and otherwise. He shall exercise his professional skill and judgment to the best of his ability and discharge his professional responsibilities with integrity. To this end the SVH Society has developed and maintains the following code of conduct for all registered AE(V)’s.
This HTM was prepared prior to the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the severe acute
respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). It has been reviewed against the
known transmission evidence available at the time of publication.
Ventilation is one of many mitigations against the virus and should be part of a package of infection
prevention and control measures. The ventilation rates recommended in this document
are likely to provide a lower risk environment for COVID-19 airborne transmission.
The principles and requirements for appropriate and effective ventilation with specific healthcare related issues are explained, including the legislative obligations and standards which must be considered.
This guidance note has been produced to provide a baseline minimum operational standard for dental practices with regards to the ventilation performance. The guidance includes both a principle section for the ventilation strategies to be considered for the standard operation of a dental care facility with a specific section for issues relating to the safe management of facilities during the current COVID-19 situation.
The following document has been issued by SVHSoc. in response to an incident of two patient deaths at a Glasgow hospital, reported as ‘due to infections of cryptococcus’.
The briefing document provides an information summary has been prepared to provide guidance and proportional advice to estates professionals, regarding any additional actions to consider to minimise or address estates ventilation related issues.
This guidance document has been produced to provide assistance to healthcare estates professionals with responsibilities for the management, maintenance and use of critical ventilation systems.
The briefing is intended to provide an overview of the issues and points to consider when assessing the ventilation strategy and options. It has also been updated to provide some initial maintenance considerations and precautions which may need to be considered.
Following advice from Public
Health England (Peter Hoffman) the briefing and guidance from the SVHSoc
reflects the current official guidance and provides a range of options and
areas for consideration for healthcare estates professionals to provide
enhanced levels of protection for patients, staff, and visitors.
The following document has been issued by SVHSoc. in response to the new BS EN 16798-3:2017 which has replaced BS EN13779:2007. The BS EN defines the recommended last filter stage in air conditioning in correlation with the outside air quality and the required indoor air quality.
The air filter test standard and efficiency classification system were changed in 2016 from BS EN 779:2012 to BS EN 16890:2016. The guidance will explain how to determine the Outside Air Quality, pick the appropriate Supply Air Category and select a suitable filter classification.
It is important to recognise that in the Healthcare setting these new standards are not concerned with airborne infection protection but relate to the “Breathable” air quality for all persons within a building.