May 14, 2020

Coronavirus Cleaning and Prevention Program Gains Traction

Event hygiene is top of mind as we think about the new normal. With U.S. cities begin to open, we will start to see events reemerge, and attendees will be more attracted to clean facilities. A new certificate program from the Global BioRisk Advisory Council, a division of the worldwide cleaning industry association ISSA, will help put attendees at ease. 

Facilities will gain accreditation when they show they are following the standards of cleaning for COVID-19. In this program, venue-cleaning professionals learn how to prepare and respond to infectious diseases and biohazards. The GBAC scientific advisory board, composed of experts from Harvard, Penn State, and Emory universities, as well as governmental agencies, developed the program. The program is backed by ten industry organizations, including the International Association of Venue ManagersInternational Facility Management AssociationInternational Association of Exhibitions and EventsIllinois Hotel & Lodging Association, and the Go LIVE Together Coalition

A venue must have at least one staff member complete the GBAC fundamentals certificate course to be considered a GBAC Star facility. 

Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center in Orlando and McCormick Place in Chicago have signed on to participate in the program. These are two of the nation’s largest convention centers, and they join a large number of cities and venues committed to moving forward with the program.