BSI, the business improvement company, has launched a new Workplace Hygiene Solution including standards, consultancy, training, auditing and the BSI Kitemark.
The programme has been developed to help organisations embed a culture of good practice in health, safety, and hygiene throughout their operations.
As many organisations enter their next phase of the Covid-19 pandemic it is essential that they build trust by putting in place measures to ensure that their workplace is safe and hygienic for employees, customers, stakeholders and members of the public.
Good workplace health, safety and hygiene practices can help to reduce the risk of injury and ill-health including the incidence of transmittable disease and the associated cost of absenteeism. It can also help to improve productivity and allows organisations to demonstrate to their customers that they should feel confident and comfortable about returning to work.
BSI’s Workplace Hygiene Solution includes the following:
- Consultancy services that include a range of strategic, management and technical health and safety solutions such as ergonomics training for remote working, including a detailed ‘how to’ guide that BSI will partner with organisations to configure to their specific workplace hygiene needs.
- Manage standards with British Standards Online (BSOL), a simple online tool used to access multiple standards. Using standards ensures that best practice is followed and reduces risk within an organisation and instils trust with customers.
- Training, through virtual classroom-based sessions and new micro-learning modules available to view on smartphones, tablets or laptops.
- Customised audits – delivered on-site and remotely – to help manage risks and opportunities. This can include internal and second-party supplier audits.
- The BSI Kitemark for Workplace Hygiene that can be applied to a facility to show employees, customers or anyone entering a workplace that an organisation’s hygiene practices and risk management processes have been independently certified as effective.
This new global certification 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 hospitals and the recently published UK Safe Working Based Guidelines, alongside relevant local government guidance.