The Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA, a worldwide cleaning industry association, is working with ICCA to bring essential business reopening resources to members of the international association meetings industry.
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 biological risk situations.
The first is the 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.
The 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‚Äôs progress and set goals for improvement in order to renew their accreditation annually. To date, numerous convention centres, hotels, and destinations have earned or committed to earn GBAC STAR accreditation.
The other is the GBAC Fundamentals Online Course: Cleaning & Disinfection Principles, an e-learning programme for cleaning professionals that highlights infection and contamination control measures for infectious disease prevention.
Successful completion of the course results in a Certificate of Completion from GBAC and the ability to differentiate oneself as a GBAC-Trained Technician.
ICCA CEO, Senthil Gopinath, said in a statement: “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‚Äôre glad to introduce such best practices to our members so that business events can return in the near future,‚ÄĚ ICCA CEO, Senthil Gopinath.
GBAC executive director Patricia Olinger, added: “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.”