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AIRAH statement on COVID-19

The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) has suspended all scheduled events up until May 31, 2020, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

AIRAH CEO Tony Gleeson, M.AIRAH, says the Institute is closely monitoring developments regarding the coronavirus.

“Unfortunately, as a result of COVID-19, AIRAH has had to make the decision to suspend all scheduled events until the end of May,” he says.

“This includes our Industry Nights, seminars and face-to-face training dates.”

The suspension also includes the Refrigeration 2020 Conference, originally slated to take place March 23–24 in Melbourne. There are plans to share links to online presentations from some of the scheduled speakers, including one of the international keynote presentations.

AIRAH is also currently working on the entire program of events, training and professional development. Some divisional events and training sessions will be rescheduled to later in the year (pending developments), and others will become webinars or video streaming resources. Information on AIRAH’s webinars is available here.

The Professional Diploma in Building Services – HVAC&R will go ahead on April 1 via a digital platform, and all other online resources will remain available.

AIRAH has also created a frequently asked questions page to help people understand how the disease is spread, and whether air conditioning, refrigeration or other related HVAC&R systems could play a role.

Gleeson says it is vital AIRAH remains true to its vision of creating safe, sustainable, healthy and effective environments.

“The AIRAH team and I are committed to continuing to deliver options for members to access information and discussions during our Centenary year,” he says.

AIRAH’s staff will be working from home until approximately mid-April during this period of recommended social distancing.

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