International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) is partnering with the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC), a division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, to bring essential business reopening resources to ICCA members. ICCA’s members include venues, tourism bureaus, airlines, and other event-related organisations and the new agreement, will see the association promoting two GBAC programmes that can help facilities and cleaning professionals better prepare for, respond to, and recover from biorisk situations. The programmes are:
- GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation Programme, which helps public and commercial facilities of all types and sizes set and maintain a cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention programme.
- GBAC Fundamentals Online Course: Cleaning and Disinfection Principles, an e-learning course for cleaning professionals that highlights infection and contamination control measures for infectious disease prevention.
“We are pleased to be working with GBAC and their GBAC STAR Accreditation Programme that will encourage and allow our members to operate safely with shared best practices around hygiene. As organisations begin to open again, it is of utmost importance that they do so by showing their commitment to cleanliness during these times. We’re glad to introduce such best practices to our members so that business events can return in the near future,” said ICCA CEO, Senthil Gopinath.
GBAC STAR accreditation demonstrates that a facility follows the proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques, and work practices necessary in the age of Covid-19. Facilities are encouraged to track their cleaning programme’s progress and set goals for improvement in order to renew their accreditation annually. To date, many convention centres, hotels, and destinations have earned or committed to earn GBAC STAR accreditation.
“With 1,100 ICCA member companies and organisations in nearly 100 countries, this partnership has the potential to help many facilities and cleaning professionals around the world improve their approach to cleaning, disinfection, and infection prevention,” said GBAC executive director Patricia Olinger.