DOSH Working Groups to develop guidelines on improving ventilation and IAQ during COVID-19 pandemic
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DOSH Working Groups to develop guidelines on improving ventilation and IAQ during COVID-19 pandemic

Venue: Online meetings
Date: 08 Jun 2021 - 16 Jun 2021
Date: Saturday, 17 July, 2021
Chapter Chair: GAC
Event: DOSH Working Groups to develop guidelines on improving ventilation and IAQ during COVID-19 pandemic 
Title: Guidance on improving ventilation and IAQ to reduce transmission of airborne viruses 
Organization: Ministry of Human Resources (MOHR) and Ministry of Health (MOH) Malaysia
Government Agency Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) under the MOHR
Date: 8/6/2021 to 16/6/2021: Development of guidelines
12/7/2021: 4 sets of guidelines and 4 sets of infographics were published.
Time: 1st mtg (residential): 8/6/2021 2:30pm to 5:30pm; 2nd mtg (residential): 11/6/2021 11:00am to 1:00pm; 3rd mtg (combined): 11/6/2021 2:30pm to 6:00pm; 4th mtg (residential): 12/6/2021 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Place: Online meetings
ASHRAE Malaysia Chpater (AMC) Ir. Ng Yong Kong and Ir. Leong Siew Meng
Other Representatives: DOSH; MOH; Public Works Department (JKR); Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM)
Agenda: 1) To develop IAQ guidelines on mitigating measures to reduce the transmission of airborne viruses during the current COVID-19 pandemic for 4 settings:
    - Non-residential: Headed by En. Mokhtar
    - Residential: Headed by Pn Haslina
    - Healthcare facilitities
    - Public area
Report: ASHRAE Malaysia Chapter (AMC) was the only NGO invited to particpate in the fast-track preparation of the guidelines within a short timeline of 1 week. Each organisation including the government departments and university, other than the two host ministries was allowed to send two representatives.    
 

Ir. Ng Yong Kong joined the non-residential working group and Ir. Leong Siew Meng joined the residential working group. MASHRAE representatives made references to ASHRAE resources available to address COVID-19 concerns in producing guidelines for residential and non-residential settings.

The first drafts of reports were prepared and submitted to the DOSH WG leaders/co-ordinators on 12 June 2021 after the first joint-WG meeting held on 11 June 2021. DOSH then deveoped infographics for the 4 settings based on the WGs' draft guidelines. The publication of the 4 sets of guidelines and 4 sets of infographics was released to the news media and made available to the public on 12 July 2021 on DOSH's website, https://www/dosh.gov.my/.

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