How to make building safe and resilient for COVID-19?
It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic will drive short- and long-term disruption – in our lives and in our organizations – even after the initial outbreak has been contained. Throughout re-entry into this “new normal,” the safety, security and wellness of your people, buildings and spaces will continue to be your focus.
As you prepare to gradually re-enter your spaces, there will be an endless list of questions to answer, but by focusing on these three critical areas, you can create an effective and successful re-entry plan.
• Promote the health and wellness of your employees and visitors
How can you adjust and communicate expectations around new behaviors that will increase safety, security, productivity and wellness?
• Ensure your buildings are safe, resilient, and ready
How can you confirm that buildings and spaces are safe to re-enter and understand what operational changes you can make to adjust and drive adherence to new protocols?
• Create and monitor effective guidelines and adjustments to your space
How can you adjust spaces while balancing health, safety and financial implications?
Holistic Approach to re-entering the workspace
Prepare your workspace to be COVID-ready to efficiently resume operations. Occupants need to be prepared as well for efficiently following the protocol in order to control transmission through this disease. Before you re-open your buildings and welcome your employees back to work, you need to be confident that your buildings – and their technical systems – are operating safely and in compliance with government regulations.
- Building technical readiness: Assess the current state of your plant and equipment, so that you have a clear picture of which systems are fully operational, which are in standby mode, and which are non-operational due to issues that should be addressed prior to re-entry.
- Cleaning and Sanitation procedures: For sites that have been exposed to COVID-19, complete a full decontamination cleaning, in accordance with approved cleaning guidelines and as instructed by local health authorities.
- Get WELL Health-Safety Rating: Define and deliver a robust well-being strategy across your portfolio, using the WELL Portfolio framework as your guide. Start by assessing current gaps in your wellness-related building designs and operating practices, then identify and implement new health and wellness initiatives (like seeking WELL Certification) that help your employees adapt to post-pandemic life and reinforce your organization’s commitment to their health and well-being.
- Safety, compliance and risk inspections:
– On-site water systems – and resuming any water treatments that have been paused and testing water quality.
–Sewage and waste systems – including ensuring that waste pipes and water traps are clean and clear.
–Fire, life & safety systems – as tested by a certified third-party provider.