BSI launches hygiene standard for safe return to work

Standards group, BSI has today launched a new Workplace Hygiene Solution to help organisations embed a culture of good practice in health, safety and hygiene throughout their operations as they prepare to return to work amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

BSI’s Workplace Hygiene Solution includes consultancy services featuring strategic, management and technical health and safety solutions such as ergonomics training for remote working; and a detailed guide on configuring workplace hygiene needs. Training can also be accessed through virtual classroom-based sessions and new micro-learning modules available to view on smartphones, tablets or laptops. Customised audits, delivered onsite and remotely are designed to help manage risks and opportunities.

Howard Kerr, chief executive at BSI said: “As many organisations return to the workplace and start to rebuild and set a revised course for their ‘next normal’, leaders are learning to navigate a new health, safety and hygiene landscape. Organisations must adapt quickly, adopt new working practices and address new regulations whilst ensuring they are trusted to protect people and provide a healthy and safe environment for the benefit of employees and customers alike.

“This is vital to ensuring that organisations build resilience in the coming months to address both the challenges -- and opportunities -- that the COVID-19 pandemic brings. We’re here to support organisations so that together, we can help to make the working environment safe for all.”

This new global Kitemark scheme is based on the structure of the International Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems standard (ISO 45001), PAS 5748 Specification for the planning, application, measurement and review of cleanliness services in hospital and the recently published UK Safe Working Based Guidelines, alongside the relevant local government guidance.

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