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A breath of fresh air: World Ventil8 Day | 8 November



8 November marks the annual World Ventil8 Day, the objective of which is to “raise awareness of the importance of ventilation as a crucial part of enabling the health and well-being of people.” This year’s theme is “Breathe Better, Live Better”.

The crucial role of adequate ventilation of spaces was highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the positive impacts of good air quality on our health and productivity have been well-documented for a long time. They include a lower risk of respiratory infections and improved sleep quality, as well as reduced exposure to pollutants.

As the days become colder, keeping indoor spaces warm is on all of our minds, yet maintaining a steady circulation of fresh, clean air is essential to preserve good health and to limit the spread of common seasonal infections such as the flu or COVID-19.

To mark World Ventil8 Day, CERN’s HSE unit will be running an information campaign on Wednesday 8 November, from 12 midday to 2 p.m. in Restaurant 1. At the stand, you can learn more about the impact of ventilation on improving indoor air quality for optimal health, and how to measure air quality with demonstrations of monitors, such as CO2 and particulate matter sensors. You can also find out more about the CERN Airborne Model for Risk Assessment (CAiMIRA). Launched during the pandemic, CAiMIRA is a risk assessment tool developed to model the concentration of viruses in enclosed spaces, in order to inform space-management decisions.