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Bureau Veritas ties up with the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT)

Jun. 23 2020

For the benefit of citizens and industry, Quality Council of India (QCI), along with industry stakeholders, has developed a harmonised “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 as an on-site assessment by trained assessors or remotely through a virtual system of assessment. The assessment report will provide the applicant with an objective assessment of the safety and hygiene measures undertaken by them to mitigate the risk of ongoing restraining situation.

  • The standard is applicable to any Industry / Business (Manufacturing, Service, Government, Trade, etc.).
  • Applications can be received at any juncture of business operations, i.e. before re-start or during operations. 
  • The site-assessment conducted at the applicant’s workplace (or video assessment, as the case may be) will be based on the requirements as laid down in “Workplace Assessment for Safety and Hygiene (WASH)” Standard and Guidance Document.
  • Areas that are under Quarantine or those workplaces that need an expert medical/related assessment/ advice are not covered under the scope of this Standard.
  • This Standard does not include requirements specific to other subjects, such as those for quality, social responsibility, environmental, security or financial management.
  • The outcome of the assessment is an assessment report highlighting the level of fulfilment of the requirements. This is an assessment and not a certification; therefore, there is no validity as such.

The assessment standard has 15 main elements as stated below.
1. Management Commitment
2. Regulatory and Other Requirements
3. Business Continuity
4. Risk Management
5. Communication
6. Hygiene and Safety
7. Preventive Measures
8. Training and Awareness    
9. Waste Management
10. Ventilation
11. Public Interaction
12. Supply Chain
13. Transport Management
14. Documentation Requirements
15. Control Discriminatory Practices

Bureau Veritas with support from QCI has conducted the WASH assessment at the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), which is a central government department under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (New Delhi). This assessment was done on 18th of June 2020 at DPIIT office at Central Secretariat, New Delhi and report duly submitted.