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Arizona company helping businesses prepare for a safe reopening

Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona is the first organization to complete the certification process through HealthyVerify. (Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona Photo)

PHOENIX — Business owners who want advice on how to reopen safely now have a company they can turn to.

It’s called Healthy Verify Certification.

“We help you put together a plan for reopening that is going to reduce the chances that your employees or your customers get COVID-19 or any other virus, for that matter,” Healthy Verify Certification Co-Founder Court Rich told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Wednesday.

Business owners work with doctors, researchers and legal experts to come up with a set of procedures that are unique to their work environment.

Doctors from Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix help business owners come up with a plan on how they can reduce disease transmission. It can range from what cleaning and sanitation procedures they should follow to which employees should wear face masks and when.

“The number one thing we hear from businesses is that they want expertise,” Rich said. “And certainly most businesses don’t have an infectious disease doctor on staff, so we bring that expertise.”

Business owners also work with professors from Arizona State University to come up with training materials for employees. All the consultations are for the most part done virtually.

Rich said business owners who implement the recommended procedures go through an inspection and are awarded certification to show “you’ve taken smart steps and you’ve gone above and beyond to keep people safe.”

Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona is the first organization to complete the certification process, and OfferPad is in the process of doing so.

“We felt Healthy Verify Certification demonstrated our concern for public health with stringent and comprehensive updates to our operations intended to put employees, shoppers and donors at ease,” Goodwill President and CEO Tim O’Neal said in a statement.

For Arizona vaccine information, visit azdhs.gov/findvaccine.

For all articles, information and updates on the coronavirus from KTAR News, visit ktar.com/coronavirus.

Arizona open and hiring: If you’re looking for job openings, visit ktar.com/arizonahiring.

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