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A GBAC STAR for Oxford

Elite Oxford Conference Center earns its GBAC STAR

The Oxford Conference Center in Mississippi has achieved the gold standard in facility preparedness, the GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA.

With over 50,000sq ft of meeting space, the Oxford Conference Center accommodates small and large events, including meetings, conferences, exhibitions, and trade shows. Merging the traditions and history of Oxford, MS, with innovative and modern spaces, the Oxford Conference Center has been voted one of ‘The Elite 50 Conference Centers in the South’. Earning GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation means that the conference centre follows strict cleaning and disinfecting protocols developed by international leaders in the fields of biohazard mitigation.

Patricia Olinger, GBAC Executive Director, said: “GBAC STAR accreditation is an incredible learning opportunity that sets facilities up for success against biorisks like the novel coronavirus. GBAC’s biorisk experts work very closely with facilities as they embark on this journey and offer insight around recommended protocols for cleaning, disinfection, and infection prevention.”

The Accreditation Council is the accrediting body of the GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation program and determines the status of all GBAC STAR facilities. Accreditation is valid for one year, and organisations can display the accreditation seal to demonstrate to facility visitors and occupants their commitment to cleanliness.

Other facilities accredited this week include multiple five-star hotels, such as Grand Hotel Central in Barcelona, Spain; L’Andana Resort in Grosseto, Italy; and Grand Hotel Wien in Wien, Austria. Other facilities include Idaho Falls Regional Airport in Idaho; CityCruises Baltimore in Maryland; Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory in Kentucky; and Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (home of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets).

ISSA Executive Director, John Barrett, added: “Cleanliness goes beyond what you can see. Facilities that successfully complete GBAC STAR accreditation have the right technology, tools, solutions and knowledge to clean both visible soils and invisible pathogens to uphold public health.”

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