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GBAC STAR Accreditation Programme

ICCA Forms Partnership with ISSA and Global Biorisk Advisory Council to Enhance Commitment to Safe Events
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The Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, has formed a partnership with ICCA to bring essential business reopening resources to ICCA members. ICCA’s members include venues, convention and visitors bureaus and Tourism Boards, airlines, and other event-related organisations. 

As part of the agreement, ICCA promotes GBAC programmes that help venues and cleaning professionals better prepare for, respond to, and recover from biorisk situations.

What is the GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation programme?

GBAC STAR™ is the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation for facilities. The programme helps public and commercial facilities establish and maintain a cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention programme to minimise risks associated with infectious agents and biohazards.
 
GBAC STAR™ is a performance-based programme that is based on quality management system principles like those of ISO 9001. GBAC STAR is the gold standard of prepared facilities—especially in the wake of COVID-19 as facilities seek guidance on reopening safely and confidently.  

What does GBAC STAR™ accreditation mean for our facility?

Once accredited to GBAC STAR™, it means the facility is implementing the industry’s highest standards for cleaning and disinfection of infectious agents like the novel coronavirus. 

What does it mean for our guests?

Venue guests should have assurance that the facility is cleaned and disinfected to the highest standards. They should have increased confidence to enter and feel comfortable inside the building knowing that facility management prioritises proper cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention measures to protect occupant health.

What does the accreditation process encompass?

To earn accreditation, facilities must comply with GBAC STAR™’s 20 programme elements, which outline proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques and work practices to combat biohazards and infectious disease.
 
 
To learn more about GBAC STAR™, please visit gbac.org

GBAC STAR™ for Venues

The GBAC STAR™ Accreditation Programme provides third-party validation that your venue meets a higher level of cleanliness and safety.
 
With GBAC STAR™, your venue is:
  • Maintaining strict cleaning protocols for infectious disease.
  • Using best practices to limit the impact of future outbreaks.
  • Protecting building occupants now and in the future.
  • Prepared for any recurring challenges in your workplace or facility.
With GBAC STAR™, your cleaning staff is:
  • Highly informed for infectious disease response.
  • Empowered to do their jobs safely and effectively.
  • Trained to follow the right practices to keep themselves safe from disease.
  • Bringing value to their communities and contributing to public health.
With GBAC STAR™, your customers have:
  • The assurance that the venue has been disinfected to the highest standards.
  • Renewed trust in building cleanliness and safety.
  • Increased confidence to enter and feel comfortable inside the building.
  • Peace of mind that proper cleaning is an ongoing venue management priority.

GBAC STAR™ for Meeting Planners

  • Meeting planners should seek out hotels and meeting spaces that are GBAC STAR™-accredited; look for the GBAC STAR™ seal and search the growing accredited facility listings and directory (launching late August 2020) at gbac.org/star
  • More than 3,000 facilities in 66+ countries are currently seeking GBAC STAR™ accreditation for their facilities (as of August 6, 2020).
  • Meeting planners should specify GBAC STAR™ accreditation in their RFPs to reinforce their priority and value of meeting participants’ health and safety.
  • A growing number of DMOs have already committed to GBAC STAR™ accreditation for their areas’ transportation hubs, hotels, restaurants, public venues, and more.

GBAC STAR™ for Destination Marketing Organisations (DMOs)

  • Cities/destinations whose facilities have a critical mass of GBAC STAR™ accreditations will be uniquely positioned to drive confidence among leisure and business travellers that their communities are committed to clean, safe, and healthy environments both now and in the future.
  • More than 3,000 facilities in 66+ countries are currently seeking GBAC STAR™ accreditation for their facilities (as of August 6, 2020).
  • Meeting planners and event organisers have begun to actively seek locations with GBAC STAR™-accredited facilities to ensure their participants’ health and safety when it is safe to meet again.
  • A growing number of DMOs have already committed to GBAC STAR™ accreditation for their areas’ transportation hubs, hotels, restaurants, public venues, and more. 

How Do I Apply for the GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation Programme?

ICCA Members can benefit from the 50% discount when signing up for GBAC Fundamentals Online Course. Use the Referral Code: ICCA20 when signing up for GBAC Fundamentals Online Course or applying for GBAC STAR™ Accreditation. 

Sign up now for GBAC Fundamentals Online Course

Apply now for GBAC STAR™ Accreditation

Please contact Tamara Bernstein for conditions or any additional information for the GBAC STAR™ Accreditation Programme. 
 
For More Information:
Contact:
Email Tamara Bernstein
Phone:
+31203981968
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