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Airborne infection control for engineers

Learn how to minimise your operational risk during the COVID-19 pandemic through best practice application of airborne infection control science and applied engineering solutions.

6 hours

Members: £150 + VAT
Non-members: £200 + VAT
£25 off for credit card payments. Use code COV25 on checkout.

£25 off for credit card payments. Use code COV25 on checkout.

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Airborne infection control for engineers


£150.00 Plus vat
Non Members:
£200.00 Plus vat


Learn how to minimise your operational risk during the COVID-19 pandemic through best practice application of airborne infection control science and applied engineering solutions.

The speed with which COVID-19 has interrupted our normal lives has led to social and economic disaster. Our response in terms of our personal behaviour has been effective, though limited our ability to live our lives the way we choose. As time passes, it will be increasingly important that we understand the way diseases work and adapt our approach. Supporting our personal behaviour with engineered solutions offers a realistic solution, particularly within critical infrastructure.

This programme has been designed by the Institution’s Pandemic Infection Control group to provide the latest insight that engineers need to know to be able to work side-by-side with COVID-19 and minimise the risks associated with this and future similar infections in the workplace.

Delivered by a network of experts, including Professor Catherine Noakes (advisor to the governments SAGE committee), this is an unique opportunity for you to learn about the transmission of airborne infections like the COVID-19 virus including environmental factors, effect of vaccination, influence of human behavioural characteristics, current best practice, engineering interventions and risk assessment methodology.

Delivery format

This course will be delivered using interactive virtual classroom technology. Each module will last 90 minutes (60-min lecture, plus 30-min Q&A).

Receive £25 discount when paying by credit card. Simply use code COV25 on checkout.

Course content

Module 1: SARS-CoV-2 virus and infection science (facilitated by Catherine Noakes)
  • Understanding the virus that causes COVID-19 and risks posed by other pathogens in workplace settings
  • Transmission mechanisms and the implications for control
  • Combining environmental and behavioural controls to support safe procedures and systems
  • Use of CO2 monitoring to manage ventilation
Module 2: Engineering interventions part 1 - Ventilation (facilitated by Frank Mills )
  • Ventilation effectiveness
  • Natural ventilation
  • Mechanical ventilation
Module 3: Engineering interventions part 2 – Air Cleaning Technologies (facilitated by Frank Mills & Paul Waldeck)
  • Technologies available
  • HEPA Filters
  • Germicidal UV filters – within HVAC system; for upper room; and operational issues
  • Case studies
Module 4: Masks and their role in controlling infection as part of the overall engineering risk assessment (facilitated by Andrew Bradley)
  • Social distancing
  • Risk management in engineering
  • Risk assessment and best practice

How will I benefit?

Upon completion you will be able to:

  • Understand the science of respiratory infections such as COVID-19 and the evidence for transmission Understand what this means for environmental, management and behavioural control strategies to apply safer working practices within their work environment
  • Assess the advantages and disadvantages of a variety of engineering solutions and how they can be applied to reduce risk
  • Analyse risk in the context of current best practice guidelines
  • Understand the published guidance for infection control engineering including support provided through the IMechE COVID-19 handbook
  • Identify “big picture” considerations for engineering infection controls
  • Understanding how engineering infection controls can be applied beneficially across the built environment – from homes to trains, buses, taxis, open air activities and within buildings
  • Learn of the necessary procedures for the safe re-opening of buildings after lockdowns and a return to the ‘new normal’
  • Learn of the engineering measure needed to be applied to buildings – living with COVID-19 as an endemic disease with a vaccinated population
  • Describe specific engineering systems and equipment which can be applied – ventilation, filtration, UV air sterilisation and how to decide which should be applied and where.
  • Understanding the importance of ongoing operation for safe occupancy and that if engineering systems falter or fail it could be necessary to evacuate a building.
  • Provide useful case studies and reference projects
  • Provide further resource information for application of reliable, effective engineering infection controls.
Contributes 6 CPD hours

Key topics

  • COVID-19 transmission and behavioural science
  • Engineering solutions to infection control
  • Risk assessment and COVID-19
  • Living with the virus
  • CO2 monitoring indoors

Mapped against UK- SPEC competencies: A and E

  1. Knowledge and understanding - For Chartered Engineers: ‘Use a combination of general and specialist engineering knowledge and understanding to optimize the application of existing and emerging technology’ For Incorporated Engineers: ‘Use a combination of general and specialist mechanical engineering knowledge and understanding to apply existing and emerging technology’
  2. Professional commitment - For Incorporated and Chartered Engineers: ‘Demonstrate a personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment’

Meet our trainers

These trainers regularly teach Airborne infection control for engineers.

  • Catherine Noakes

    Professor Catherine Noakes OBE FIMechE FIHEEM

    Cath is a chartered mechanical engineer, with a background in fluid dynamics. She leads research into ventilation, indoor air quality and infection control in the built environment. Since April 2020 she has been involved in the COVID-19 response, leading the Environment and Modelling sub-group of the UK Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) focusing on the science underpinning environmental transmission of COVID-19.
  • Frank Mills

    Frank Mills BSc(Hons) FCIBSE FIMechE MASHRAE

    Frank is a leading specialist in sustainable and energy efficient building engineering design. His experience includes the design, management, supervision, construction and operation of building services engineering across a range of building types including sports stadia, large-scale mixed-use developments sports facilities, leisure centres and hotels, retail and community schemes - both in the United Kingdom and internationally.
  • Andrew Bradley

    Andrew Bradley CEng FIMechE  FRAeS

    Andrew Bradley is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of both the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Andrew has recently retired from Rolls-Royce where he was an Associate Fellow in gas turbine design and was Project Chief Design Engineer for several engines during development phases and as technology demonstrators. He is currently Chair of the IMechE Aerospace Board and from the middle of 2020 he has been part of the IMechE Covid-19 Task Force.
  • Paul Waldeck

    Paul Waldeck CEng MICE MIStructE MASHRAE

    Paul is Chief Technical Officer at PPL-Biosafety and has 35 years of experience in design, construction, maintenance and refurbishment of safety-critical environments & facilities. He has worked in nuclear, chemicals, food production, pharmaceuticals, laboratories, health, transport, and all the conventional sectors of the built environment during his career. Today he is focussed on the practical application of ventilation and germicidal filters, especially UV-C, to eliminate and control Coronavirus risk within conventional indoor environments.

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