May_6_Miami Living New Logo.png

Bureau Veritas Announces "SafeGuard" Certification for Westfield Broward



Bureau Veritas today announced it has certified Westfield Broward, a Westfield shopping center in Plantation, Florida, with its industry leading hygiene and safety excellence label, SafeGuardTM. The Bureau Veritas’ SafeGuardTM Hygiene Excellence and Safety Certification designates a facility that has met stringent requirements to minimize the onsite risk of virus spread and is adhering to best-in-class hygiene and safety protocols.


Angel Cabrera, General Manager, Westfield Broward, commented:


“With the Bureau Veritas SafeGuardTM Hygiene Excellence and Safety certification, our loyal guests and visitors can confidently shop and dine at our destination knowing the highest sanitation and safety procedures are in place. We look forward to continuing to serve our community while keeping employees, retailers, and guests safe.”

Bureau Veritas reviewed and certified the procedures implemented at the participating Westfield center in Plantation, Florida. Each center addressed the health and safety of the local community as it navigates through the COVID-19 pandemic by implementing new practices, services and amenities including:

  • Increasing the frequency of cleaning measures following CDC and local health department guidelines, with a focus on high-touch areas such as restrooms and common areas; 

  • Monitoring and controlling the number of guests entering the centers and crowds in dwell areas;

  • Implementing and enforcing relevant policies related to social distancing, face masks, and other preventative measures; and

  • Providing an increased number of hand sanitizer stations and making other amenities available on an as needed basis.

The independent third-party SafeGuardTM Hygiene Excellence and Safety Certification by Bureau Veritas includes:

· Detailed review of safety guides and protocols to achieve hygiene and safety excellence using industry best practices, local laws and requirements, and leading medical expertise;

· Best-in-class digital solutions to conduct audits of Westfield’s properties to ensure compliance of hygiene protocols and operational requirements; and

· Administration of the Bureau Veritas SafeGuardTM Hygiene Excellence and Safety Label upon achieving a successful audit which demonstrates Westfield is in compliance, thus providing an extra layer of assurance to the general public, employees, and retailers.

Shelly Orel, President – Certification, Audit & Assurance, Bureau Veritas North America, commented:


“For nearly ten years, Bureau Veritas has proudly partnered globally with Westfield to ensure the highest standards across their shopping centers. Today marks another critical milestone in our journey together, as Westfield leads in the retail industry and we deploy Bureau Veritas’ SafeGuardTM Hygiene Excellence and Safety Label across their North American shopping centers. We commend Westfield for continuing to put safety first––and implementing the industry’s highest hygiene and health standards to protect their employees, retailers and shoppers.”


Since 2012, Westfield has worked with Bureau Veritas to ensure the highest health and safety standards across their global shopping centers through Bureau Veritas’ testing, inspection and certification services. In April 2020, Bureau Veritas announced an expansion to this partnership through the launch of the SafeGuardTM Hygiene Excellence and Safety Label within Westfield’s European Shopping Centers. Today, this certification is now expanded to include 28 of its retail shopping centers across the United States.


“Restart your Business with BV”


The SafeGuardTM Hygiene Excellence and Safety Label is a suite of services offered through Bureau Veritas’ “Restart Your Business with BV” program. As an independent third-party partner, Bureau Veritas provides hygiene and safety protocols, independent third party audits, e-training programs, surface testing, and continued monitoring of safety protocols to ensure businesses restart operations safely. Protocols, standards, and guidelines for the program are developed in partnership with leading epidemiologist as well as members of the scientific community, and in compliance with local government agencies across North America. The Restart your Business with BV service offering supports the restart efforts for all places where people live, travel and work including retail centers, restaurants, transportation hubs, hotels, and more.

For more information on “Restart Your Business with BV”, please contact restartwithbvna@bureauveritas.com and visit: https://www.bvna.com/magazine/restart-resource-center.

For more information, visit www.bvna.com, and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

For Westfield Broward additional information, please visit: https://www.westfield.com/broward.


By ML Staff. Image courtesy of Westfield Broward