How It Works

Become safe space certified!

Innovative Safe Space 1st methods will mitigate the risks of more lockdowns. Each business takes responsibility for safe space management and promoting positive messages to help the community feel safer.

Now is the time to proactively address sustainability through pandemic preparedness.

Once a business has committed to following the Safe Space 1st Program, there are two choices to confirm that participation. 

  • 1. Confirmed- Self Assessment of safety procedures are completed and documented proof provided of improvements based on this assessment, toward achieving a higher standard of safety
  • 2. Verified- Through a third-party health and safety expert, a business is assessed and has made improvements toward meeting all standards recommended by the Safe Space 1st guidelines

There is a deadline of 12 months to complete either of these steps. 

Through adopting the Safe Space 1st standard, businesses demonstrate they care about the community. Clear, consistent safety standards are good for both the economy and the community. 

This sign is posted in every participating business. It immediately tells both employees and consumers that safe guidelines are being followed. 

The Safe Space Advisory System

This consistent structure provides businesses and communities with: 

  • Clear identification of current risk level
  • Guidelines for flexibility responding to emergency situations

It incorporates the best elements of the WHO’s pandemic phases, ISO standards, and Homeland Security Guidelines. A flexible, dynamic system that responds to increasing or decreasing risk levels as assessed by the Safe Space Advisory Committee. SSAS is a flexible system that can respond to growing threats and also de-escalate safety measures as the threat is reduced. 

Successful implementation of these consistent standards includes the following:

Base Assessment: a 30-50 point inspection to determine the needs of each business. Can include safety materials, signage, staffing, and any other resources to fine tune the system for greater efficiencies.

Monitoring Guidelines: Schedules for interior and exterior building monitoring and signage; how to manage traffic and congested space. Also, timely announcements addressing the current advisory stage, and health advisories that are important to be communicated to the public.  

Documentation and reporting: an overview of all that is required to effectively respond to an emergency.

Education and Training: the following topics will be covered.

  • Fundamentals of Safe Space Management
  • Documentation, monitoring and reporting
  • Traffic Flow Plans
  • Employee Engagement
  • Customer Engagement
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Auditing and Assessments for customers and employees