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The New York Power Authority was awarded the WELL Health-Safety Rating at its facilities for its operational policies, maintenance protocols, emergency plans and stakeholder education to address the ongoing COVID-19 environment and broader health and safety-related issues into the future.
A press release noted, “From the onset of the pandemic, NYPA has utilized a vast array of infection mitigation tactics and strategies. The measures include a robust set of prescribed countermeasures based on organizational and community infection levels, including enhanced cleaning protocols, wide availability of PPE for employees, responsive testing measures, air quality improvements, extensive guidance on best-in-class health practice, and many others. All those efforts have been backed by dedicated internal and external teams focused on tracking, mitigating, and responding to changes in the pandemic.”
NYPA president and CEO Gil C. Quiniones said, “From day one of the COVID-19 pandemic, NYPA has been tireless in its pursuit and implementation of the highest safety standards at its facilities. This WELL Health-Safety Rating marks an important achievement in our organization’s visible commitment to supporting the health and wellbeing of our staff and visitors.”
The rating award was made by International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), an evidence-based, third-party entity that provides a verified rating for all new and existing buildings and spaces. The WELL Health-Safety Rating provides a centralized source and governing body to validate efforts made by building owners and operators to prepare their spaces for reentry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, “instilling confidence in those who come through the building as well as the broader community.”
IWBI leverages insights drawn from its internal task force on COVID-19, in addition to guidance on the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections, developed by the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, global disease control and prevention centers and emergency management agencies.