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Planet Fitness Chain Earns WELL Building Rating


By Dan Hounsell Green
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Planet Fitness, the global franchisor and operator of fitness centers, recently became the first fitness brand to achieve the WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations and Management by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). The rating recognizes Planet Fitness’ leadership in adopting the leading framework to ensure a safer and healthier environment for its employees and members across all of its facilities – nearly 2,200 clubs across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, Panama, Mexico and Australia, as well as its company headquarters in Hampton, N.H. 

The WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations is an evidence-based, third-party verified rating for all new and existing building and space types, advancing human health and well-being through science-backed policies and procedures. 

For Planet Fitness to achieve the WELL Health-Safety Rating, IWBI, through third-party experts, has verified that the policies and protocols for all Planet Fitness clubs and its company headquarters meet the rating’s requirements for supporting the long-term health and safety needs of its employees, members and guests. This includes holistic aspects of health from improved air flow, hygienic hand washing practices, reduction in hand contact of high-touch surfaces, effective cleaning protocols, robust emergency preparedness and response and more. While supporting organizations to effectively respond to the immediate challenges of COVID-19, the WELL Health-Safety Rating, informed by the IWBI Task Force on COVID-19 and Other Respiratory Infections, addresses broader health and safety strategies into the future. 

All Planet Fitness clubs were awarded the WELL Health-Safety Rating following the successful completion of third-party review and verification, confirming Planet Fitness has met the feature specific intents and requirements. 

Dan Hounsell is senior editor, facility group.

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