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More global facilities reach for GBAC STAR

Facilities around the world earn GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation

The Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, has welcomed 44 newly accredited facilities around the world to its ever-expanding list of locations accredited with GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation.

These include: Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT; the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu; Concordia University, EV Building in Montreal, Canada; Royal Hotel Sanremo in Italy; Owensboro Sportscenter in Owensboro, KY; Pittsburgh Symphony Inc. in PA; New York’s George Washington Bridge Bus Station; and more.

Patricia Olinger, GBAC Executive Director, said: “As living with the risk of COVID-19 becomes our new normal, more people are learning to navigate attending conferences, visiting hotels and casinos, watching live sporting events, and more. Facilities need to know how to protect building occupants, which is why so many, from convention centres to museums to restaurants to performing arts centres, are finding value in achieving GBAC STAR accreditation.”

The recently accredited Mohegan Sun Casino is one of the leading destinations in New England. The complex is home to more than 300,000 sq ft of gaming; two luxury hotel towers; world-class spas; over 45 restaurants, bars, and lounges; and more. Its three entertainment venues host live concerts and the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun.

Facilities of all types and sizes are eligible for GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation, which goes beyond a focus on just cleaning and disinfection to also include infection prevention. The performance-based accreditation program ensures organizations understand best practices for outbreak prevention, response, and recovery.

Other GBAC STAR-accredited facilities include Akasaka Intercity Conference in Tokyo, Japan; 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai in Thailand; Susafa in Sicily, Italy; the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta in GA; BLESS Hotel Madrid in Spain; The Carolina Theatre of Durham in NC; the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York; and more.

John Barrett, ISSA Executive Director, added: “Consistent training and preparation are key to every cleaning and disinfection program. Facilities that embark on the journey to accreditation appreciate that the process helps their cleaning personnel successfully carry out their responsibilities every day.”

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