GRIHA Tool To Assess Workplace Safety Standards
To prevent the spread of coronavirus post-lockdown, GRIHA Council launched a self-assessment online tool Building Fitness Indicator (BFI) to assess safety and hygiene standards for workplaces in India. GRIHA Council has developed this tool and is offering it as a free service to help organizations make their workplaces safe and sanitized in the post-lockdown period.
In accordance with the highest standards of safety guidelines to be followed as per World Health Organisation (WHO), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India (GoI), The Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ISHARE) and a few more, the tool evaluates the sanitization and safety of a building based on three categories – Workplace, Workforce, and Awareness – that are assessed for its policy intervention, social distancing, and hygiene aspects.
The BFI appraises the workplace on all necessary policies such as waste management, proper housekeeping, government guidelines for Covid-19, and social distancing to deal with the post-lockdown phase. Furthermore, the tool evaluates the ideal working conditions based on certain aspects, including ventilation rate, indoor temperature and so on, to provide a healthy working environment for its occupants.
The tool also measures the health of a workplace based on other key parameters including availability and safe access to drinking water, a COVID-19 aid corner as a precaution, and social distancing norms.