Panchshil Realty has become the first and only real estate group in India and in the entire Asia-Pacific region to receive independent verification from the British Safety Council of the adequacy of its arrangements for protecting staff and visitors at its office parks from the risk posed by Covid-19.
In summer 2020, the British Safety Council conducted an independent audit of the company’s policies, procedures and arrangements for controlling exposure to and transmission of the coronavirus at its 15 million square feet of office parks in India.
The review assessed the company’s Covid-19 exposure precautions against current global good practice, including guidelines from the Indian government’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The review concluded that Panchshil Realty had effective policies and management systems in place to reduce the risk to workers and visitors from the coronavirus across its various office sites and parks.
Panchshil Realty has now been issued with a Covid-19 Assurance Assessment Statement by the British Safety Council in India.
The Statement says: “Panchshil Realty’s senior leadership has demonstrated commitment to manage, prevent and control transmission of Covid-19 and ensure the safe return of employees and tenants to their respective workplaces on lifting of the lockdown.
“Proper health and safety measures commensurate with the nature and scale of operational activities were put in place as early as March 2020, even before the nationwide lockdown was announced.
“Panchshil has demonstrated suitably effective management of Covid-19 related risks within the workplace and associated operational activities, which is in accordance with the Indian government and British Safety Council guidelines.”
The British Safety Council’s Covid-19 Assurance Assessment Statement verifies the effectiveness of the Covid-19 risk management controls across Panchshil Realty’s office portfolio in Pune. The company’s office portfolio includes landmark projects such as the EON Free Zone, World Trade Centre, Business Bay and the International Convention Centre. Its office parks are home to leading global corporations, such as Allianz, Citibank, Cognizant, Concentrix, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, MasterCard, Michelin, T-Systems, UBS, VMWare and Vodafone.
Vijitsingh Thopte, vice president - facility management at Panchshil Realty, said: “In the midst of this unprecedented pandemic, the health and wellbeing of our staff, associates and allied stakeholders is our priority.
“Amongst the more than 24 steps taken by us, notable measures include making suitable physical adjustments to our facilities and workplaces in respect of access, egress, emergency event management, PPE, cleaning regimes, use of elevators, movement and flow of persons within the premises, waste management, social distancing controls, welfare, hygiene controls and the like.”
Congratulating Panchshil Realty for achieving the British Safety Council’s Covid-19 Assurance Assessment, Mike Robinson, chief executive of the British Safety Council, said: “As lockdowns have eased and more and more people have started returning to work it is right that workers and employers want to have confidence that every possible step has been taken to keep workplaces safe.
“With the Covid-19 Assurance Assessment, Panchshil Realty has shown that their protocols and associated control arrangements were in accordance with current government and sector-specific guidelines at the time of the review and arrangements for continual monitoring of their effectiveness were in place.”
The British Safety Council’s Covid-19 Assurance Assessment Service provides a framework for organisations to develop robust protocols and arrangements to effectively manage the risk of transmission of Covid-19 as far as is reasonably practicable within their workplace.
The service assesses the effectiveness of an organisation’s arrangements for protecting workers and others from the risks posed by Covid-19 against the current national, international and industry sector best practice guidelines.
If an organisation satisfactorily completes the review, a Covid-19 Assurance Assessment Statement is issued by the British Safety Council, with recommendations for improved controls if appropriate. If granted, the statement provides external and independent verification of the organisation’s commitment to providing a safe and healthy workplace in accordance with the current national and industry sector Covid-19 guidelines.
The Covid-19 Assurance Assessment Service also includes the option to obtain consultancy advice from the British Safety Council in India on how to develop, implement and monitor appropriate control measures to protect people at work from the risks of Covid-19.
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