Biosafety certification to mitigate infection risk in public places

Thursday, 09 April, 2020

Biosafety certification to mitigate infection risk in public places

A management system has been devised to help restart economic activity by providing best practices to help minimise the risks of spreading epidemics in crowded places.

The Biosafety Trust Certification system is aimed at the prevention and mitigation of the spread of infections in public places such as public transport, entertainment and sporting venues (restaurants, theatres, gyms, museums, swimming pools), accommodation facilities (hotels, congress centres, cruise ships) and healthcare structures like retirement and care homes.

The Biosafety Trust Certification is designed for the entertainment and tourism sectors but can also be applied to many other sectors.

Certification is based on the ISO’s systematic approach to management systems combined with scientific best practices against the spread of infections, and the principles of organisational behaviour management to effectively control and prevent a contagion in a work context.

Human behaviour plays a vital role in the success of health safety management systems. To comply with strict hygiene rules, the system requires staff to undergo ad hoc training courses for specific situations. Individual users must also be made aware of and follow recommended preventative measures.

The requirements of this new tool can be integrated into common existing management systems such as ISO 45001, supplementing these systems with specific procedures focused on the prevention and control of infections.

All certificates issued by the Biosafety Trust Certification will be made available on public blockchain to allow for inspection and verification.

The certification system was devised by RINA, which immediately started the accreditation process with Italian accreditation body ACCREDIA.

“We firmly believe that now is the time to start thinking about how to deal with the second phase of this health emergency,” RINA Services CEO Nello Sulfaro said.

“By bringing together a number of our core competences, RINA has been able to offer a new pre-emptive scheme that can help tourism and entertainment companies to improve the health and safety of its workers and customers and to minimise the risks posed by the spread infections.”

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