The meat processing Industry has been affected by the spread of viruses within its premises. During the Covid 19 outbreak many facilities experienced mass outbreaks that affected their production capabilities as many were forced to shut down for a period of time or reduce operations.
Camfil of Stockholm was contacted by a Germany-based Toennies meat processing facility to help find a solution for these problems.
In the meat processing Industry, there is a big focus on ventilation technology for the prevention of virus outbreak. Due to a lack of standards in the Industry around ventilation there is very little guidance around what are the clean air requirements of a facility Scientific studies have shown that recirculation of air, around a facility, which can cause the spread of viruses.
These studies have shown that in areas of poor ventilation the virus can remain in the air for up to 3 hours. In this facility, the production area used sufficient supply air. The temperature in the production areas needed to be maintained between 6° to 10°C, which was controlled by the air circulation system. The room utilized recirculated air, this meant that the air in some areas was reused in other areas.
During a virus pandemic this system needed to be addressed and a balanced hygiene approach needed to be taken. The challenge to Camfil was to create a solution that helped ensure the clean air introduced to the facility both protected the health of the employees as well as ensuring that the low energy consumption initiatives that were in place were also optimized.
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Camfil Canada is based in Vaughan, ON.