FREE Portable HEPA filters

by Nathan Couvillon

FREE Portable HEPA filters

Ontario.ca/AgEmployerRegistry

  • Specific to congregate living areas
  • Filters up to 763 square feet
  • Variable speed fan deliver 305 cfm
  • Locations where housing is provided
  • Number of structures at each location
  • One HEPA filter for each bunkhouse location

 

How to register?


What is a HEPA filter?
Much like a mask that we have been wearing for the last 18-months, HEPA is a type of pleated mechanical air filter. It is an acronym for “high efficiency particulate air [filter]” This type of air filter can theoretically remove at least 99.97% of dust, pollen, mold, bacteria, and any airborne particles with a size of 0.3 microns (µm). Particles that are larger or smaller are trapped with even higher efficiency. Using the worst-case particle size results in the worst-case efficiency rating (i.e. 99.97% or better for all particle sizes). Most recently, HEPA filters have been installed in schools across Ontario to ensure that students have the highest level of protection as they schedule a return to in-class learning.

How can we use a HEPA filter in the bunkhouse or farm?
HEPA filters come in a variety of sizes and configurations. Some may be stand alone designed for a specific area or some may be integrated into your heating and cooling systems. Most importantly, it is the HEPA filtration efficiently that will help protect you and your workers from harmful airborne particles. HEPA filters come in a variety of configurations to suit the application. In many cases, a stand-alone unit the size of a vacuum cleaner can be effective in most common areas. Contact your heating and cooling company to discuss options of installing the suitable HEPA filter in your work or home area.
Is there funding to cover costs of a HEPA filter on our farm?

Under project category 1 of the Enhanced Agricultural Workplace Prevention Program (EAWPP) the province is committed to supporting the adoption of prevention and mitigation measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among agri-food workers/employees. One of these measures is the use of HEPA filters in close congregate living areas (i.e. bunkhouses, common & eating areas) to help protect against harmful airborne particles. The funding will cover 60% of eligible expenses up to $50,000 per business or property.

Available Cost-Share Funding
·      60 per cent funding of eligible expenses
·      Funding is limited to $50,000 per industry organization
·      Funding is limited to $50,000 per business
·      Funding is limited to $50,000 per property
For more information, contact your local heating and cooling contractor or Richard Lee at lee@ogvg.com, 519.990.5173

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