To ensure a safe workplace and safeguard the health and safety of employees, customers and the public, TÜV Rheinland a global leader in independent technical services announced that it has been authorized by the Quality Council of India (QCI) as an assessment body for its Workplace Assessment of Safety and Hygiene (WASH) scheme. The objective of the scheme is to provide a framework for managing risks mainly related to safety and hygiene with a focus on the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the benefit of citizens and the industry, QCI along with industry stakeholders, has developed a harmonized ‘Workplace Assessment for Safety and Hygiene’ (WASH). This standard is applicable for assessment at any workplace which has been allowed to operate. The assessment can be done on-site by trained assessors or remotely through a virtual assessment system. The assessment report will provide the applicant with an objective analysis of the safety and hygiene measures undertaken by the applicant to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 infection.
Commenting on the achievement, Mr. Thomas Fuhrmann, Managing Director, TÜV Rheinland India said, “We are aiming to implement and carry out an independent assessment of the effectiveness of WASH protocol by establishing an efficient safety & hygiene management system and optimizing measures for a safer, more productive workplace. The WASH scheme has been designed to meet safety goals by complying with all new COVID-19 related requirements from health authorities and local government bodies.” He added, “For us at TÜV Rheinland, there is no greater good than safety and our service reflects our values. We have a global reputation for reducing risk and promoting safe practices in nearly every industry and we look forward to sharing our expertise in safety and hygiene measures with all our customers.”
Mr. Ravi Kumar Vankayalapati, Vice President, Industrial Services, TÜV Rheinland India said, “At present, every organization needs to be aware of the risks arising out of the COVID-19 crisis and should have suitable risk mitigation measures in place and ensure smooth implementation in order to achieve desired levels of hygiene and safety for a safer workplace. TÜV Rheinland will be playing a major role across industries in checking appropriate health, safety, and hygiene conditions are in place to support resumption of business.”
He added, “The safety and security of people, technology and the environment have been our focus since the inception of TÜV Rheinland. The WASH scheme will reflect our philosophy of meeting customer expectations by taking effective preventive and protective measures in minimizing COVID-19. This scheme will help to reduce workplace risks and increase productivity as processes become safer. Employee health and satisfaction will increase, and organizations will enjoy the advantages garnered through transparency and responsibility.”
The WASH scheme is developed by QCI with a mission to lead a nationwide quality movement in India in order to adhere to quality standards in all spheres of economic activities with a primary purpose of promoting and protecting the interests of the nation and its citizens.