- July 1, 2020: Vol. 32, Number 7

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Organizations introduce best practices for health, safety

by Loretta Clodfelter

As businesses reopen and workers return to offices, health and safety remains a key concern. Several organizations are helping to promulgate best practices amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The International WELL Building Institute has launched a WELL Health-Safety Rating that will focus on operational policies, maintenance protocols and design strategies to address a post COVID-19 environment.

“Our buildings and the people who tend them are our first line of defense for keeping us safe and healthy, and the current pandemic has confirmed that health is a material economic consideration of the first order,” said Rachel Gutter, president of IWBI, in a statement. “These two simple truths stand at the nexus of our work to date and will, along with the hard evidence that is mounting, inform all our decisions about the critical need for better buildings, more vibrant communities and stronger organizations going forward.”

And the U.S. Green Building Council is upd

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