Health and Safety Resources to Safeguard Against Infection

*UPDATE: We have compiled a list of useful links and resources to help you better prepare your facilities and protect your occupants. The latest coronavirus resources and information can be found here:

IFMA Coronavirus Resource Center


The outbreak of a new coronavirus, “2019-nCoV,” is a serious public health threat. Health care professionals and those working in health care facilities have an increased risk of exposure; however, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges everyone to take precautions and follow CDC guidance on how to reduce the spread of infection.

We'll keep updating this post with new content and resources as they become available.

Read the latest situational report from the World Health Organization: Situation Report - 41 on Novel Coronavirus(2019-nCoV)

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World Health Organization Resources

Technical Guidance

Methods for detection, prevention, response and control [WHO online course]

New* Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) [WHO online course]

Open Access

New* Interactive Coronavirus COVID-19 Map

New* IFMA Pandemic Preparedness Manual

This manual provides Facility Management professionals assistance in planning for, controlling, and responding to the avian influenza and pandemic influenza threats. Establishing and maintaining a Business Continuity Program is also contained within this manual.

Coronavirus Infection, Prevention and Emergency Response

This brief guide from Sodexo provides an update on the Wuhan pneumonia novel coronavirus infection and offers facility and admin managers personal and workplace prevention measures and emergency response plans.

Coronavirus Infection, Prevention and Emergency Response - [English]

Coronavirus Infection, Prevention and Emergency Response - [Chinese]

H1N1 and Hygienic Cleaning
An overview of H1N1 (Swine Flu) influenza virus, including transmission types, infection control precautions, and sanitary habits (hand hygiene, cough etiquette, respiratory hygiene) for reducing cross infection.

Reduce Tenant Complaints with HVAC Proactive Maintenance
HVAC sustainability is about understanding equipment costs and driving maintenance and energy efficiency based on impact to the bottom line. Proactive maintenance will improve operating costs and your relationship with key financial stakeholders.

Cultivating a Healthy Work Environment
Take control of indoor environmental quality (IEQ) through environmental quality assessment and tracking practices. Review options for auditing projects, monitoring systems, and other solutions with large return for minimal organizational investment.

How Ventilation Affects Comfort
Edelman provides a thorough review of air filtration systems and their impact on facility management efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

Mitigating Influenza in Buildings
During cold and flu season, spending time reviewing your HVAC system, its major components, as well as air and water distribution, is time well-spent to help lessen the spread of type A (H1N1) and other types of influenza. This article discusses maintenance measures and system upgrades that can be implemented to further mitigate risks.

Spreading Prevention not Germs
A listing of recommended preventative measures, for facilities and occupants, to help reduce the spread of office illness.

Business Continuity Planning: Are You Prepared?
Business continuity planning is defined and illustrated through real-world scenarios, including pandemic situations. Review examples of internal and external risk factors paired with guidelines and resources for emergency planning.

Key Steps for Pandemic Preparedness at the Workplace
An overview of pandemic history, triggers, actions, and key steps to pandemic preparedness in the workplace, concerning H1N1 (Swine Flu) influenza virus specifically.

Preparing for the Next Pandemic Flu Webinar
Review the important distinctions between seasonal and pandemic flu, and examine a large banking institution’s efforts to prepare staff, prevent infection, and maintain member service despite reduced staffing as a result of the H1N1 influenza virus.

Protecting Workers at Risk
A guide for safety and health professionals on Histoplasmosis and Histoplasma capsulatum, addressing activities that may expose workers to the disease-causing fungus, and methods available to protect themselves and others from harmful exposure.

Clean Indoor Air Sustainability and Energy Savings: Yes You Can Have It All
An explanation of clean indoor air sustainability as achieved through the principles of impingement, interception and diffusion, with advice on filter efficiency and life cycle cost.


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