NSF International has launched a new programme to help businesses take the necessary steps to reopen and stay open while minimising coronavirus risk for customers, guests and employees.
The standards development specialist’s ‘Checked by NSF’ scheme includes a wide variety of services – from a smart phone app that details Covid-19 prevention requirements for specific types of business to in-depth consulting services and customised reopening plans based on the latest public health guidance.
“There’s no shortage of guidance from public health authorities,” said Paul Medeiros, managing director of NSF International’s consulting and technical services group.
“People are swimming in guidance, but they need help operationalising the guidance and applying it to their own unique situations.”
Separate from the guidance and consulting services, NSF also checks facilities to help ensure appropriate preventive measures are in place.
The Checked by NSF service gives business owners and managers valuable data about their own preparedness for reopening and provides peace of mind to customers and visitors who may be concerned about exposure to the virus.
“The services are designed to be flexible because each business or location will have different needs and requirements,” added Mr Medeiros. “For some clients, use of our app and an industry-specific checklist may be enough. But others are looking for more in-depth consultations on specific locations and issues. And some simply want us to check their locations to make sure they aren’t missing anything.”
Locations that successfully meet the requirements for each of three phases of the program will be granted permission to post the Checked by NSF signage on-site.
Compliance checks are performed with self-assessments using the new Checked by NSF app, remote audits or on-site audits.
The three phases include required tasks and procedures for pre-open, reopen and stay open.
A QR code on the signage helps customers validate the claims and understand what each location is doing to protect visitors and employees from Covid-19.