GRIHA Council launches tool to assess safety and hygiene standards of workplaces post lockdown

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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.
Available for commercial buildings specifically designed for office spaces, the overall intent of the BFI is
to:
 Provide confidence to the building occupants that the building of it being safe and fit to occupy
in the current situation of the pandemic
 Enhance the health and well-being of the workforce
 Enhance productivity and business processes
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.
Speaking about the indicator, Mr Sanjay Seth, Chief Executive Officer, GRIHA Council and Senior
Director, Sustainable Habitat Programme, TERI, said, “BFI is a self-assessment tool developed by GRIHA
Council as a social initiative. GRIHA Council has always worked on the underlying principles of ‘What gets
measured, gets managed’. The BFI has been developed based on guidelines issued globally and
nationally. However, the tool is not a rating or a certification but is advisory in nature and we encourage
all organizations to use this tool to provide guidance to prevent workplace exposure to COVID-19.”
Interest on BFI has been evoked internationally with participants from countries like Switzerland, UAE,
Nepal, Sri Lanka etc.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Kamal Meattle, an environmental activist and CEO of Paharpur Business
Centre & Software Technology Incubator Park, said, "The Building Fitness Indicator is a simple to use
tool that assesses if a workplace is relatively safe for the health of its employees/occupants in the
current pandemic. This initiative by GRIHA Council is the need of the day."
Talking about the urgent need of building safety standards in the face of the COVID-19 crisis, Dr Ajay
Mathur, Director General, TERI, and President, GRIHA Council, said, “The International Labour
Organization (ILO) declared 28th April as the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. What better a
day for GRIHA Council to conduct a webinar on the Building Fitness Indicator tool that enables
organizations to assess hygiene and safety readiness levels of their workplaces post the lockdown. The
BFI is a very timely initiative by the GRIHA Council as we are in the midst of fighting this COVID-19 crisis.”
Any organization that would like to evaluate their workplace readiness, please visit
www.bfi.grihaindia.org and sign up to use the tool. Even post lockdown, the tool would be available for
any organization/individual that would like to assess their workplace readiness. If you are an individual
interested in learning more about the tool, please visit www.bfi.grihaindia.org/checklist.

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