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COVID-19 update: Facilities worldwide commit to GBAC STAR accreditation programme

Published 29th June, 2020 by Neil Nixon

COVID-19 update: Facilities worldwide commit to GBAC STAR accreditation programme

Organisations from more than 30 countries in America, Europe, Middle East, and Asia have committed to accredit their facilities to GBAC STAR in the programme’s first weeks. This accreditation establishes requirements to assist facilities with work practices, protocols, procedures, and systems to control risks associated with infectious agents, such as SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19. The programme was launched by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association.

“We’re absolutely thrilled with the international response that the GBAC STAR programme has received,” said GBAC executive director, Patricia Olinger. “With more and more organisations committing to follow the GBAC STAR framework, we can create a world that values cleanliness and implements it to the highest degree.”

GBAC STAR is designed for any size facility - including schools, offices, hotels, convention centres, airports, assisted care facilities, stadiums, and other public venues - to establish a comprehensive system of cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention.

Tourism bureaus and cities also are starting to join the programme to get multiple businesses in their community GBAC STAR accredited to provide stronger assurance to residents and visitors.

The industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation, GBAC STAR helps organisations establish protocols and procedures, offers expert-led training and assesses a facility’s preparedness for bio-risk situations. The programme ensures facilities use best practices to limit future outbreaks, empowers cleaning staff to do their jobs safety and effectively and gives customers greater peace of mind.

“Now is the time for businesses of every size to be transparent about the measures they’re taking to protect customers and employees, including proper cleaning and disinfection,” said ISSA executive director, John Barrett. “GBAC STAR programme participants demonstrate their commitment to going the extra mile by implementing prevention and response best practices that support health and safety.”

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