3 Ways the WELL Health-Safety Rating Can Help Facilities Get Back to Business

Published April 16, 2021

Categories: Employees, Facilities Management, Business & Manufacturing, Outsource, IFM

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), which created the WELL Rating System and WELL Building Standard (WELL), has created a new system built to address broader health and safety-related issues. In light of the pandemic and with the future in mind, WELL v2 is the most rigorously tested and vetted version of the WELL Building Standard.

WELL v2 provides additional health guidance and helps FMs strategize disinfecting, air quality, water quality and more in order to operate their facilities amidst COVID-19.

Flagship’s step-by-step Reopen Responsibly guide helps you reopen your facility doors to the public, protect the health and safety of your employees and navigate this “new normal”.

This world is still battling COVID-19 and new discoveries are made about the virus and its transmission. WELL can help your organization focus on human health and give your occupants the security of knowing that their facility has met the criteria established by medical professionals, public health experts and building scientists from around the world.

Here are three ways achieving the WELL Health-Safety Rating can be beneficial in helping your facility raise the confidence of employees and customers:

Methodology that centers on health

WELL brings together a wealth of knowledge and building expertise. It uses nearly a decade of health science data that was geared to promote indoor safety. It provides FMs with an efficient and cost-effective opportunity to scale efforts and manage health and safety issues within their facilities.
The WELL Health-Safety Rating examines 22 features across five core areas – Cleaning and Disinfection Procedures,

Emergency Preparedness Programs, Health Service Resources, Air and Water Quality Management, and Stakeholder Engagement and Communication. To achieve the rating, you are required to meet a minimum of 15 criteria and can then be awarded the WELL Health-Safety seal.

Consistency through third party verification

The WELL Health-Safety seal is a symbol of trust and confidence. The criteria required to earn the seal is backed by science, structure and, most importantly, third-party verification. The structure and verification create a consistency across all WELL facilities that people can see and trust.

The WELL Health-Safety seal is a public display that science-based strategies have been implemented and safety has been prioritized at your facility. It also shows that your facility is prepared to address broader health and safety-related issues now and into the future. The third-party designation verifies that a building has taken the necessary steps to prioritize the health and safety of staff, visitors and other stakeholders.

There are more than 1.5 billion square feet of space that are enrolled in WELL. Some of the more well-known facilities that have achieved the WELL Health-Safety seal include Yankee Stadium, the Empire State Building, JPMorgan Chase, Spectrum Center and AT&T Stadium.

Public awareness

The WELL name is becoming more familiar to your occupants. Not only is the WELL Health-Safety seal displayed in large public facilities around the world, but IWBI launched an advertising campaign to raise awareness on how buildings can be used to protect the health and wellbeing of the people inside.

In the national advertising campaign, WELL featured famous influencers like Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Michael B. Jordan, Robert DeNiro, Venus Williams, Wolfgang Puck, and Deepak Chopra. The campaign is designed to educate people on the part facilities play in safety and health. It also encourages them to look for the WELL Health-Safety seal on facility windows or doors so they can feel more confident to go inside because the space puts health first. Learn more about WELL and the WELL v2.

Flagship Facility Services can help your facilities reopen your facility, protect the health and safety of your occupants, obtain facilities certifications and help you navigate in this “new normal”. We have experienced and professional teams ready to help your business with getting your facilities ready, keeping them safe and managing your integrated facilities management needs.

Flagship's customizable approach to your facility's needs will help you incorporate solutions that will help you reopen responsibility and protect the health and safety of your occupants.

We have experienced and professional teams ready to help your business with health and safety preparation, maintenance and facilities technology, as well as an assortment of other integrated facilities management solutions to meet your needs.