AUSTIN, Tex. – The Austin Convention Center (ACC) has achieved Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation, the gold standard for prepared facilities.
Under the guidance of GBAC, a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, the Austin Convention Center Department has implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention for the facility.
As the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response, and recovery accreditation, GBAC STAR helps organizations establish protocols and procedures, offers expert-led training, and assesses a facility’s readiness for biorisk situations. The program will verify the Austin Convention Center Department (ACCD) is implementing best practices to prepare the staff and buildings for future meetings and events.
“The GBAC STAR facility accreditation is a performance-based program certifying the Austin Convention Center continues to protect our staff and visitors, as we are equipped and ready to safely welcome back in-person events,” said Trisha Tatro, ACCD interim director. “Our staff has worked extremely hard to operate using specific procedures and protocols to best prepare, protect, and recover from outbreaks and pandemics.”
To achieve GBAC STAR accreditation, the ACC will demonstrate compliance with the program’s 20 core elements, which range from standard operating procedures and risk assessment strategies to personal protective equipment and emergency preparedness and response measures. For more information regarding GBAC STAR accreditation, visit www.gbac.org.
Along with reaching a higher level of cleaning and disinfection, the ACCD has purchased new sanitation equipment and uses the following products:
- Disinfectant/deodorizer and multipurpose, neutral-pH, hospital-grade quaternary, which serves as a one-step germicide, detergent, deodorizer, fungicide, and virucide;
- Usage of four Sentry 4 UV standalone disinfection machines that emit full-spectrum UV light to eliminate up to 99.9 percent of the bacteria, fungi, and viruses in the space, and limit the growth of fungi;
- Handheld electrostatic sprayers (to be delivered), which use technology that provides an electrical charge to solutions, allowing them to wrap conductive surfaces with an effective and even coverage. These machines reduce cross-contamination due to their touchless application.
Further, equipment will be sanitized before the start of each event and at the end of each day.
An application for The Palmer Events Center, another facility managed by the ACCD, has been submitted and is expected to receive accreditation near the beginning of 2021.