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The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) and ISSA announced the launch of the Healthy Workplaces Coalition, a new coalition of nearly 40 national organizations, industry leaders and professional associations working together to support and advance Federal policy to help businesses and organizations better afford and implement health and safety improvements in the workplace and throughout the built environment, to benefit health and well-being. be employees, customers and the public.
Members of this new advocacy coalition launched on Capitol Hill will work together to not only support federal policy promoting healthy workplaces, but also to raise awareness by using a collective voice to help the public, policymakers and businesses understand the imperative of occupational health and safety during the COVID -19 pandemic and beyond.
In addition to IWBI and ISSA, the coalition leadership team includes the following steering committee members:
- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
- Building Owners and Managers International Association (BOMA)
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- International Facilities Management Association (IFMA)
- The Real Estate Round Table (RER)
- S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
“While COVID-19 has focused public attention on the importance of cleaning, air filtration and hand hygiene, businesses and buildings are now focusing more on engaging people. ‘invest in healthy spaces,’ said ISSA Executive Director John Barrett. “As more and more workers return to physical workplaces, the demand and expectation for clean, healthy and safe environments will continue to rise. This coalition will help educate policy makers on the need to support policies to help employers make these critical investments in healthy workplaces.
Businesses need training and financial assistance to accelerate and deploy proven workplace solutions and strategies to address health threats such as COVID-19 as well as broader issues related to future health and safety. While several relevant policy proposals have emerged, further action is needed to incentivize companies to create and sustain healthy workplaces.
Other members of the Healthy Workplaces Coalition include Arxada, Fellowes Brands, Honeywell, Kimberly-Clark Professional, Poppy, PortionPac Chemical Corporation, Pritchard Industries and Spartan Chemical Co.
The coalition continues to welcome interested participants and expects membership to grow over the coming months. For more information, contact ISSA Director of Government Affairs John Nothdurft at [email protected].