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Businesses: Borrow a free CO2 monitor to reduce the risk of Covid

As a small business, you may be thinking about how to go about ensuring you've got enough ventilation in your workplace. As we all learn to live with COVID-19, businesses we need to take more precautions to protect their business and staff, but just where in your building is there more risk, and what should you do about it?

By taking advantage of a new scheme to loan a free CO2 handheld monitor from the county council, and regularly testing air quality in different parts of your building for two weeks, you can identify areas that need more ventilation, such as meeting rooms. 

Over half the businesses that have already used the monitors have identified some areas that need more ventilation, and for many it was just a matter of scheduling times to open windows or following HSE guidance. It’s a great way to reassure your staff and help fulfil your legal obligation to provide fresh air for your workforce.

“The staff appreciated us using the monitor. It has made them feel really secure that we now know how to keep CO2 low.” Chris Roberts, Optima Warehouse Solutions in Stafford.

Duncan Baines, Outdoor Education Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Manager, said "Great scheme, this allowed us to quickly identify problem areas without the cost of investing in a unit".

The roll out follows the success of a government scheme that rolled out 300,000 devices to schools last year.

Any data collected by the monitor about the air quality will not be shared to the county council or others.

To express your interest in the Staffordshire County Council* free loan of a CO2 monitor please complete the following details:

*Please note this scheme is for businesses in Staffordshire (not including Stoke-on-Trent)

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