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IWBI, ISSA and GBAC align to deliver streamlined COVID-19 solutions

Published 18th January, 2021 by Neil Nixon

IWBI, ISSA and GBAC align to deliver streamlined COVID-19 solutions

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) and the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA, has announced a joint strategic initiative to accelerate the uptake of best practices that strengthen the role of buildings in the fight against COVID-19 and other infections.

Specifically, the GBAC Star Facility Accreditation Program will become a recognised path of partial compliance for cleaning and sanitisation criteria within IWBI’s holistic WELL health-safety rating for facility operations and management. A GBAC STAR accreditation will count towards five of the 15 points necessary to achieve the WELL rating overall. Furthermore, ISSA members and GBAC Star accredited projects are eligible for a 25% discount when enrolling to pursue the WELL rating.

“We could not be more excited about this joint initiative and the opportunity to partner with the world’s leading association for the cleaning industry worldwide,” said IWBI president and CEO, Rachel Gutter. “We share a common commitment to deploy the places and spaces where we spend our lives as a first line of defence in combating the COVID-19 pandemic. As cleaning and sanitisation are critical components in the defence against the spread of pathogens, we are confident that our work with ISSA will lead to an acceleration of the industry’s uptake of best practices. In working together, we make it easier for shared customers to pursue dual designations and most importantly, help guests, employees and the communities they serve get back to business with confidence.”

ISSA executive director, John Barrett, said: “Facilities using GBAC STAR as guidance know they are using proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques and infection prevention practices that are critical in the age of COVID-19 and beyond. Leveraging the power of partnership to ensure that GBAC STAR is fully supported as a critical compliance path within the third-party verified WELL health-safety rating is a home run, not only for every market leader in health and safety, but also for every person who walks through the door that bears WELL health-safety rated and GBAC STAR accredited seals.”

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