ICCA forms partnership with ISSA and Global Biorisk Advisory Council to enhance commitment to safe events
ICCA forms partnership with ISSA and Global Biorisk Advisory Council to enhance commitment to safe events
TOHOLOGY, 20 August 2020

The Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, is partnering with the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), the global community and knowledge hub for the international association meetings industry, to bring essential business reopening resources to ICCA members. ICCA’s members include venues, tourism bureaus, airlines, and other event-related organisations.

As part of the agreement, ICCA will promote two GBAC programmes that help facilities and cleaning professionals better prepare for, respond to, and recover from biorisk situations:

  1. 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.
  2. GBAC fundamentals online course: cleaning & 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, numerous convention centers, hotels, and destinations have earned or committed to earn GBAC STAR accreditation.

The GBAC fundamentals online course: cleaning & disinfection principles educates cleaning professionals on cleaning and disinfection, including infection and contamination control measures for infectious disease outbreak situations. Successful completion of the course results in a Certificate of Completion from GBAC and the ability to differentiate oneself as a “GBAC-trained technician.”

  • “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.

About GBAC, the Global Biorisk Advisory Council

GBAC (the Global Biorisk Advisory Council) is a division of ISSA composed of international leaders in the field of microbial-pathogenic threat analysis, mitigation, response and recovery, provides training, guidance, accreditation, certification, crisis management assistance and leadership to government, commercial and private entities looking to mitigate, quickly address and/or recover from biological threats and real-time crises. The organization’s services include biorisk management programme assessment and training, Forensic Restoration response and remediation, the GBAC STAR facility accreditation programme, training and certification of individuals and consulting for building owners and facility managers.

About ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association

With more than 9,300 members – including distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, wholesalers, building service contractors, in-house service providers, residential cleaners and associated service members – ISSA is the world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry. The association is committed to changing the way the world views cleaning by providing its members with the business tools they need to promote cleaning as an investment in human health, the environment and an improved bottom line. Headquartered in Northbrook, Ill., USA, the association has regional offices in Mainz, Germany; Whitby, Canada; Parramatta, Australia; Seoul, South Korea; and Shanghai, China.

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