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Theaters, Hotels, Convention Centers, & Other Facilities Nationwide Earn GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation

July 23, 2020 Theaters, Hotels, Convention Centers, & Other Facilities Nationwide Earn GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation

The Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, today announced a new round of facilities that have achieved GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation. As the industry’s only outbreak prevention, response, and recovery accreditation, GBAC STAR validates a facility’s preparedness for biorisk situations like the novel coronavirus. To date, facilities of all sizes in more than 64 countries are working toward formal accreditation.

Newly accredited facilities include:

  • California Theatre in San Jose, Calif.
  • Center for the Performing Arts in San Jose, Calif.
  • Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati
  • The Hay Adams Hotel in Washington, D.C.
  • Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston
  • Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland in Cleveland
  • The Lowell Hotel in New York City
  • Mercury Chophouse Arlington in Arlington, Texas
  • Montgomery Theater in San Jose, Calif.
  • Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn.
  • San Jose Civic in San Jose, Calif. 
  • San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif.
  • The Sheraton San Diego Hotel in San Diego

“By becoming accredited through GBAC STAR, these facilities are demonstrating that they have third-party validation for a performance-based system for cleaning, disinfection, and infection prevention and that they are dedicated to maintaining and carrying out these processes each and every day,” said GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger. 

GBAC’s team of international leaders in microbial-pathogenic threat analysis and biohazard mitigation have hundreds of years of combined industry experience. While some program participants hire consultants or engage with internal experts to complete their applications, others rely on insights and guidance from GBAC to submit a cleaning, disinfection, and infection prevention program for accreditation that suits their facility and fulfills local, state, and other key guidelines. GBAC STAR is designed for facilities of all types, from hotels to stadiums to restaurants to schools and more. 

“Organizations must be able to clearly explain to the public the steps they are taking to provide a safe and healthy environment,” said ISSA Executive Director John Barrett. “GBAC STAR accreditation elevates credibility and GBAC’s experts also work closely with accredited facilities to help them communicate the ‘what, how, when, and why’ behind cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention.”

To review a full list of GBAC STAR accredited facilities, committed facilities, and industry supporters, visit https://gbac.issa.com/gbac-star-facilities-and-supporters/.

To apply for GBAC STAR facility accreditation, visit gbac.org. And tune into an episode of  GBAC STAR: The Experience interview series to hear from Mark Tester, executive director of the Orange County Convention Center,  about the advantages of obtaining the GBAC STAR accreditation.