Businesses looking to reopen safely after the coronavirus pandemic and ensuing lockdowns will be able to take advantage of the new Checked by NSF program.
It will help businesses to ‘reopen and stay open’ according to independent global organization NSF International, which specializes in standards development.
NSF International has safety tested products for food, water, health sciences and consumer goods industries since 1944.
Now, its Checked by NSF program is collating guidance from authorities on how to reopen a business, as well as certifying businesses as ready to reopen.
It is doing this through both a smartphone app and an in-depth personal consulting service, providing personalized reopening plans catered to the business in question.
In the case of a restaurant, this could mean checking what cleaning equipment is being used and with what frequency, as well as social distancing measures, staff numbers and customer occupancy.
Checked by NSF signs will be sent to participating businesses to display onsite, though only after they pass all three stages of the process.
These phases are named ‘pre-open’, ‘reopen’ and ‘stay open’.
Speaking on the new service, Paul Medeiros, managing director of NSF International’s consulting and technical services group, said: “There’s no shortage of guidance from public health authorities.
“People are swimming in guidance, but they need help operationalizing the guidance and applying it to their own unique situations.”