WELL Health and Safety Rating Certifications
WELL Health-Safety Rating developed by the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI) is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and other health and safety threats to building occupants.
In March 2020. IWBI convened a group of nearly 600 public health experts – including virologists, scientists, government officials, and architects – to analyze and determine the best safety procedures in response to the COVID-19 crisis. After analyzing guidance from WHO, CDC, and other leading organizations specializing in public health, a new certification scheme was developed and published in July 2020 under the name WELL Health-Safety Rating. The WELL HSR suggests actions to be taken to improve the safety of building occupants and reduce the spread of disease.
JW+A specializes in advising on WELL Health-Safety Rating certification.
For which buildings can the WELL Health-Safety Rating be obtained?
Existing buildings of any type can apply for WELL Health-Safety Rating certification, including but not limited to:
- sports facilities
- cinemas and theaters
- multi-family residential buildings
- industrial buildings
- and other types of buildings except single family houses.
To be certified, you must meet 15 of the twenty-some requirements in six key evaluation categories:
1. Cleaning and janitorial procedures.
2. Emergency preparedness.
3. Access to health services.
4. Maintenance of air and water quality.
5. Engagement and communication with stakeholders
One innovation credit can also be earned by engaging a WELL Accredited Professional in the assessment process.
The JW+A team is powered by professionals who hold the WELL Accredited Professional license.
WELL Health-Safety Rating Certification for New Construction
The result of a successful certification process is a badge on the front door, informing every occupant of the owner’s commitment to health and safety.
What are the benefits of WELL HSR certification?
- confirmation of meeting world-class safety and health standards,
- increase the sense of security of building users,
- emphasize the developer’s commitment to health and safety,
- help organizations develop best practices for operating in times of crisis,
- ensure long-term preparedness for critical health and safety issues.
How to get the WELL Health-Safety Rating certification?
The WELL Health-Safety Rating certification process is broken down into the following phases:
1. Auditor Cconsultation and criteria selection – first evaluating the project documentation and building management procedures for their ability to meet the individual WELL HSR requirements and selecting the requirements planned for implementation that must be met to achieve certification.
2. Project registration – registering the project on the WELL Online platform is the certification body’s confirmation of the intent to certify the building under the WELL HSR system and begins the certification process.
3. Implementation of requirements – the consultant advises the building management team to achieve successful completion of the investment criteria and provides evidence of implementation to the independent certification body.
4. Obtaining certification – upon successful evaluation of the documents, the certification body issues a WELL Health-Safety report that summarizes the evaluation process and reports the approved scores. Projects that have met the WELL Health-Safety Rating and accepted the WELL Health-Safety report are officially designated as WELL Health-Safety Certified.
5. Maintenance of Certification – WELL Health-Safety Rating certification is valid for 1 year. In order to keep the certificate after this time, you must pay the registration fee and comply with the requirements of the individual points regarding annual reporting.
Working with JW+A experts for a new building
A WELL Accredited Professional helps you create and optimize your certification strategy. Oversees the certification process and ensures that the requirements in the individual assessment areas are met. Liaises with the certification body, ensures that documents submitted for evaluation are described according to certification body requirements. Contributes to the improvement of the certification process. Cooperation with WELL AP also allows the company to earn one point in the innovation category.
WELL AP at JW+A: Jerzy Wójcik (since 2017 – one of the first in Poland), Katarzyna Turlejska, Małgorzata Ćwierz-Jarnot.