The latest WELL Health-Safety Rating: what you need to know
The International Well Building Institute (IWBI) has published the new WELL Health-Safety Rating. This certification is recommended by TFT as a tool to prepare workplaces and other facilities for use in a post-COVID-19 environment thanks to its specific and practical guidance, which can help build trust among building users and visitors as we transition to increased building usage and seek to mitigate future risks.
TFT is embedding these principals and the interim guidance, published by the IWBI in May 2020, for our offices and in best practice guides for our clients. Our teams are here to help occupier organisations and building owners understand the certification and provide a higher standard of well-being by applying it.
What is the WELL Health-Safety Rating?
The WELL Health-Safety Rating is an evidence based and third-party verified rating for all new and existing building and facility types.
The rating focuses on operational policies, maintenance protocols, occupant engagement and emergency plans across six themes, including:
- Sanitising Procedures
- Emergency Preparedness Programs
- Health Service Resources
- Air & Water Quality Management
- Stakeholder Engagement & Communication
The full set of requirements are now available on wellcertified.com.
Get in touch with our team to find out how those apply to your organisation or building.
Does the WELL Health-Safety Rating deal with COVID-19 risks?
The IWBI is clear that the latest certification doesn’t make an organisation or building COVID-proof. However, it was developed in response to the pandemic and details interventions at a building and organisation scale which help reduce the risk of infectious diseases transmission. Furthermore, the strategies it contains apply to numerous health and safety issues relevant today and in the future.
What types of building can attain the WELL Health-Safety Rating?
The rating applies to any type of building, as well as any type of single-use or single-owner space within a building. Multi-use spaces such as stadiums, airports and shopping malls can also be certified by the same themes, but the application would take a different form due to differing requirements for the various uses of the space.
Will it help me achieve a full WELL certification for my building?
Yes! While the Health-Safety Rating is a certification in its own right, and achieving it is a significant step for an organisation’s well-being journey, it will also support an application to become fully WELL-certified.
Given that it deals with a very immediate concern for employees and other building users, embarking on this process is timely and a good future-proofing step for your building or organisation.