As we begin the new year, the HSE has urged people to consider all other options before going to emergency departments in hospitals. Health minister Stephen Donnelly speaking this week at Beaumont Hospital, said the overcrowding surge is due to a “perfect storm” of Covid, RSV and a “very severe wave” of the flu. Reports also indicate that basic over the counter cold and flu medicines such as paracetamol and cough mixtures are in very short supply, if not entirely out of stock.
During the winter months, people spend more time inside, speaking, coughing and breathing close to each other without as much fresh air. Prevention rather than cure would certainly seem to be the order of the day. As attention now turns back to people returning to work and school, the demand for additional aids, such as Mia Air medical grade HEPA 14 filters, has increased. Trusted by numerous healthcare facilities, education settings, and commercial businesses, HEPA filters have been proven to reduce the threats of airborne viruses and bacteria significantly.
Towards the end of 2022, the government asked the Health and Safety Authority to draw up a new code of practice in response to a private members’ bill on workplace ventilation from Paul Murphy, the People Before Profit TD. The 38-page code will apply to all workplaces, with the regulations underpinning it due to being signed into law early this year. To maintain compliance with the HSA guidelines, employers must conduct a risk assessment of their workplace ventilation and make the results publicly available to all their workers.