Learn how to minimise your operational risk following the COVID-19 pandemic through best practice application of infection control science and applied engineering solutions.
The speed with which COVID-19 interrupted our normal lives has led to social and economic disaster. Our response in terms of our personal behaviour has been effective, though limited our ability to live our lives the way we choose. As time passes, it will be increasingly important that we understand the way diseases work and adapt our approach. Supporting our personal behaviour with engineered solutions offers a realistic solution, particularly within critical infrastructure.
This programme has been designed by the IMechE's Pandemic Infection Control group to provide the latest insight that engineers need to know to be able to work side-by-side with COVID-19 and minimise the risks associated with this and future similar infections in the workplace.
Delivered by a network of experts, including Professor Catherine Noakes (advisor to the Government's SAGE committee), this is an unique opportunity for you to learn about the transmission of the COVID-19 virus including environmental factors, effect of vaccination, influence of human behavioural characteristics, current best practice, engineering interventions and risk assessment methodology.
Upon completion you will be able to:
- understand the science of respiratory infections such as COVID-19 and the evidence for transmission
- understand what this means for environmental, management and behavioural control strategies to apply safer working practices within their work environment
- assess the advantages and disadvantages of a variety of engineering solutions and how they can be applied to reduce risk
- analyse risk in the context of current best practice guidelines
- understand the published guidance for infection control engineering including support provided through the IMechE COVID-19 handbook
- identify “big picture” considerations for engineering infection controls
- understand how engineering infection controls can be applied beneficially across the built environment – from homes to trains, buses, taxis, open air activities and within buildings
- learn of the necessary procedures for the safe re-opening of buildings after lockdowns and a return to the ‘new normal’
- learn of the engineering measures needed to be applied to buildings in a post COVID-19 world – living with COVID-19 as an endemic disease with a vaccinated population
- describe specific engineering systems and equipment which can be applied – ventilation, filtration, UV air sterilisation and how to decide which should be applied and where
- understand the importance of ongoing operation for safe occupancy and that if engineering systems falter or fail it could be necessary to evacuate a building
- provide useful case studies and reference projects
- provide further resource information for application of reliable, effective engineering infection controls.
Who will benefit
Anyone wanting to learn about the transmission of the COVID-19 virus including environmental factors, effect of vaccination, influence of human behavioural characteristics, current best practice, engineering interventions and risk assessment methodology.
Dates and times
Monday 26 July 2021, 12:00–13:30 BST
Tuesday 27 July 2021, 12:00–13:30 BST
Wednesday 28 July 2021, 12:00–13:30 BST
Thursday 29 July 2021, 12:00–13:30 BST
This is an IChemE approved training course and not delivered directly by the Institution. For more information about the course, contact the training provider directly.