Keppel REIT’s premium Grade A office tower, Ocean Financial Centre, has become the first commercial building in Singapore to achieve the WELL Health-Safety Rating by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI).

The building was noted by the IWBI for its “robust health and safety management”, says the manager of the REIT.

The WELL Health-Safety Rating rates all building and space types based on evidence, and focuses on operational policies, maintenance protocols, stakeholder engagement and emergency plans to address a post-Covid-19 environment. The rating is also third-party verified.

The building is managed by Keppel Land Limited.

Strict management measures have been undertaken to provide a “safe and conducive” work environment for the REIT’s building occupants since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, says the manager.

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“Protecting the health and safety of our stakeholders has always been our top priority, especially amidst the pandemic. Ocean Financial Centre, as the first commercial building in Singapore to achieve the WELL HealthSafety Rating, is a testament to our strong commitment to operational excellence at Keppel REIT’s properties,” says Paul Tham, CEO of the manager.

“We are heartened by IWBI’s recognition of our efforts in ensuring a safe and conducive work environment for our building occupants at Ocean Financial Centre, including through the proactive adoption of technology and having the best-in-class infrastructure,” Tham adds.

From air and water quality management to cleaning and sanitisation procedures to emergency preparedness, Keppel REIT’s efforts help protect health and safety during and after crises like COVID-19. By achieving the WELL Health-Safety Rating, Keppel REIT demonstrates leadership in Singapore and in the region, and inspires organisations to foster a culture of health through buildings and communities,” says Jack Noonan, vice president of IWBI APAC.

Units in Keppel REIT closed 1 cent higher or 0.9% up at $1.18 on March 8.