Who Guarantees That Your Campus is Safe for Return?
Presented by Moderator: Donna Denio, Client Service Representative, Campbell-McCabe, and Founder and Co-Chair, BSA/SCUP College + University Roundtable | Panelists: Joseph Allen, Assistant Professor, TH Chan Harvard School of Public Health, and Deputy Director, Harvard Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety & Health, Harvard University; John Macomber, Senior Lecturer in Finance, Harvard Business School, Harvard University, and Former Construction and Real Estate principal
This is the fourth in a series of webinars, “Less Talk, More Action: Tactical Topics to Return to Campus,” jointly sponsored by SCUP’s North Atlantic Region, BSA, and their BSA/SCUP College + University Roundtable focused on the impact of COVID-19 on campuses.
As we reopen campuses, offices, and stores, to whom do we listen for assurance that the physical environments are indeed reasonably safe? There is guidance, but there are no guarantees. However, it is possible to use objective measures—health performance indicators—to gain and publish a level of confidence in the preparation of spaces and the activities of staff, students, and faculty. In this webinar, Harvard’s Joseph Allen and John Macomber discussed their new book, Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity, and in particular, what are best practices today as organizations think about prudent return. This session was moderated by Donna Denio, Founder and Co-Chair of the BSA/SCUP College + University Roundtable.
Recorded June 23, 2020.
- How to objectively benchmark health performance indicators using a mix of settings, sensors, screening, surveys, and statistics.
- How to deploy a layered approach to the hierarchy of controls as appropriate for each physical setting.
- The nine foundations of a healthy building and how to accomplish them cost-effectively.
- Techniques for balancing the risks of further transmission of COVID-19 with threats to revenue and business models in the current environment of uncertainty.
- Incorporating personal exposure budgets of individuals into the parallel efforts in the buildings.
- Why healthy buildings are becoming a competitive necessity.