GBAC Star Accreditation

GBAC STAR Accreditation for Facilities

Overview of the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation for facilities, and the role sanitizer stands play.

GBAC STAR Accreditation Program on Cleaning, Disinfection, and Infectious Disease Prevention for Facilities

ISSA, the leading trade association for the cleaning industry worldwide, and the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), have created the GBAC STAR Accreditation program to help facilities reopen and stay open safely. The accreditation shows that the facility has:

  • Established and maintained a cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention program to minimize risks associated with infectious agents like the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).
  • The proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques, and work practices in place to combat biohazards and infectious disease.
  • Highly informed cleaning professionals who are trained for outbreak and infectious disease preparation and response.
In a time of a worldwide pandemic, accreditation will play a key role in the safe reopening of many types of businesses. It shows staff, guests, and customers that the facility is implementing the highest standards for cleaning and disinfection, including the use of hand sanitizer stations.

What types of facilities can benefit from the GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation Program?

Implementation Guidance & Sanitizer Stations Role

As part of the GBAC guidance, certain controls need to be implemented on site to help minimize or eliminate the risk of spread and contamination. These controls include:

Hand sanitization stations and disinfection wipe stations
• Automated cleaning and disinfection technologies (e.g., robotic floor cleaning and disinfection equipment)
• Touchless facilities/technologies, for example hands-free: entry/exit, service acquisition, waste disposal, hand sanitizer stations
• Surfaces, objects, and equipment designed for easy cleaning and long term antibacterial and antiviral properties
• HVAC systems (e.g., UVC, air filters)
• Physical barriers to prevent person to person contact, hands-free waste disposal etc.

As you can see, there are numerous controls for a facility to manage and implement. This can be a daunting task for staff and management, but with the right partners and a clear plan, this guidance and accreditation is in reach.

When it comes to hand sanitizer stations and stands, GBAC recommends one hand sanitizer station per 4,000 square feet (total net square footage). As an example, a large convention center like Orange County Convention Center, with 7,000,000 sq. ft. of space, would need about 1750 sanitizer stations throughout their exhibit space and other areas.

With that being said, sanitizer stands play a major role in receiving a GBAC accreditation and will continue to play a large role for years to come. Having a solid partner that can manufacture and provide bulk orders and custom branded stands is crucial for timely implementation. 

GBAC sanitizer stations

Where Should Sanitization Stations be Placed?

The most common locations and placements for sanitizer stands and stations are entryways, elevators, restaurant/cafe areas, food courts, lobbies, pools, fitness centers, check in/check out desks, meeting spaces, bathrooms, and other high traffic, high congregating zones. 

Many facilities and operation teams can work on placement locations based on their facility, their flow of traffic, and where they feel the stations will get the most use. 

How can Swan Sanitizers Help with GBAC STAR Accreditation?

With an expansive history and experience working at and with facilities nationwide, our team understands the intricacies of cleaning and disinfecting. With U.S. based manufacturing facilities, we make all of our sanitizer stands and specialize in bulk orders and needs. Whether your facility needs 10, 100, or 1000 stands, we will help manage the implementation and logistics so you can focus on other important tasks.  To discuss your GBAC Accreditation needs, contact us here or call 800.834.2022 today!

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