TLC Engineering Solutions (Brentwood, Tenn.) is sharing a presentation with the industry to offer guidance on COVID-19 and how it might be transmitted as well as an action plan for facility operators.

“Healthcare facility plant operations and maintenance directors and their departments are being tasked by their administrations and medical staff to help their facilities deal with an airborne viral infection that is significantly more infectious than the norm for most respiratory diseases, and in numbers that could easily overwhelm the existing physical capacity of their facilities,” says Kim Shinn, principal and sustainability wizard at TLC.

The presentation is based on input from the American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE), the ASHRAE Technical Committee for Healthcare, and the ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170 Committee (the source for ventilation requirements in the Facility Guidelines Institute’s Guidelines for Design and Construction). While based on those inputs, TLC’s guidance is a collection of personal opinions, and does not represent the positions of ASHE or ASHRAE.

The guidance provides advice on implementing actions in the form of sketches and diagrams, as well as text, on how to adapt the systems in an existing facility to accommodate airborne infectious isolation (AII) space requirements.

To access it, use the URL: This link will either open or download (depending on your browser settings) the most current version of the PDF. Updates will be posted frequently.