Written answers

Thursday, 2 December 2021

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Departmental Properties

Photo of Catherine MurphyCatherine Murphy (Kildare North, Social Democrats)
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23. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the steps he has taken to improve ventilation in the office buildings of his Department; if air cleaning and or purification systems have been installed in 2021; and if not, the plans to install same in 2022. [59730/21]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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I am committed to ensuring that all of my Department's offices provide a safe environment for staff and the citizen. The Department is acutely aware of the importance ventilation in reducing the transmission of COVID-19 and has taken the following steps  to improve ventilation in our office buildings:

- Where natural ventilation is available Staff have been advised to open windows when attending the office to maximise ventilation and to allow for a quick exchange of air.

- Signage has been installed on all windows indicating which windows should be opened.

- Regular communications including the information above is being shared with staff through various communication channels.

- Staff have been  instructed  not to use desk or portable fans.


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