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What is the new WELL Health-Safety Rating?

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) have launched a new Health and Safety Rating for buildings. It focuses on key themes such as emergency preparedness, sanitation procedures, air and water quality management. It is informed by insights from the WELL Building Standard and the IWBI Task Force on COVID-19, which Ekkist have been a part of.


The Health-Safety Rating is applicable to most building types, including offices, restaurants, hotels, retail establishments, manufacturing plants, warehouses, sports stadiums, arenas, theatres (and other entertainment venues), schools, and multi-family housing.

 

The WELL Health-Safety Rating includes 21 features across the following core areas, with a minimum of 15 features which need to be met:

 

  • Cleaning and Sanitization Procedures
  • Emergency Preparedness Programs
  • Health Service Resources
  • Air and Water Quality Management
  • Stakeholder Engagement and Communication

 

The strategies within the WELL Health-Safety Rating have been informed by existing features within the WELL Building Standard, IWBI™’s Task Force on COVID-19 and guidance by the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), global disease control and prevention centers and emergency management agencies, as well as recognized standard-making bodies such as ASTM International and ASHRAE, and leading academic and research institutions. Industry experts and researchers across the WELL Concept Advisories, the WELL Research Advisory, the WELL Advisory for Sports and Entertainment Venues, the WELL Advisory for Hotels and Resorts and the WELL Airport Advisory also provided extensive insights for the WELL Health-Safety Rating.

 

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) have launched a new Health and Safety Rating for buildings. It focuses on key themes such as emergency preparedness, sanitation procedures, air and water quality management. It is informed by insights from the WELL Building Standard and the IWBI Task Force on COVID-19, which Ekkist have been a part of.

 

 

Ekkist will be offering certification support services for implementing this standard and 10% of our fees from this will go towards 3 charities working hard to mitigate the impact of COVID-19: Shelter (housing), Anxiety UK (mental health) and The Trussell Trust (food bank).

 

If you would like to find out how to certify your building to the new WELL Health – Safety Rating, we are offering free 30 minute intro sessions please contact us by emailing ask@ekkist.co to book an overview.