Dallas, TX – On September 9, 2020, the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas (KBHCCD) achieved the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation. GBAC's STAR™ Facility Program, created by the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA), has specific criteria that consider cleaning, disinfecting, and infectious disease prevention plans when approving accreditations. The program requires that the KBHCCD implement a plan to control risks associated with infectious agents such as COVID-19, Influenza, MRSA, and TB.
"Accreditation empowers facility owners and managers to assure workers, customers, and key stakeholders that they have proven systems in place to deliver clean and healthy environments that are safe for business," said GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger.
The GBAC STAR™ program is performance-based, and, therefore,KBHCCD personnel are responsible for demonstrating that appropriate cleaning,disinfection, and infectious disease prevention procedures are established and implemented. Once achieved, the accreditation verifies that the KBHCCD is implementing the best methods to mitigate the risk and recover from outbreaks of infectious diseases, including COVID-19.
“This is a great step forward for our team,” said Anthony Lopez,General Manager of the KBHCCD. “The GBAC STAR™ accreditation is a significant achievement for KBHCCD, and we are excited to provide this new and heightened level of service for our clients and guests.”
“Thisaccreditation is one of many activities the City of Dallas is working on to ensure that all City facilities and venues, including the KBHCCD, are safe and clean as we reopen,” said Director of Convention and Event Services Rosa Fleming. “The City of Dallas has worked very closely with Spectra and VisitDallas to put in place the proper procedures needed at the KBHCCD to reopen safely and we look forward to welcoming all of our residents and visitors.”
The KBHCCD went through the program's 20 elements to achieve the accreditation. The program's elements include plans and guidelines for personal protective equipment requirements, cleaning procedures, and emergency preparedness. Find more information about GBAC at www.gbac.org.
To learn more about the KBHCCD's current protocols, click here.
About the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas
Located in the heart of downtown Dallas, the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas (KBHCCD) is one of the largest convention centers in the nation. The center boasts over 1,000,000 square feet of exhibit space, 724,526 square feet of contiguous space, a 9,816-seat arena, a 1,750-seat theater, three beautiful ballrooms and the world’s largest vertiport. The convention center has a state-of-the-art Cisco-Certified system available anywhere in the facility.
About GBAC, a Division of ISSA
Composed of international leaders in the field of microbial-pathogenic threat analysis, mitigation, response, and recovery, the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, provides training, guidance, accreditation,certification, crisis management assistance, and leadership to government,commercial and private entities looking to mitigate, quickly address, and/or recover from biological threats and real-time crises. The organization’s services include biorisk management program assessment and training, Forensic Restoration® response and remediation, the GBAC STAR™ facilityaccreditation program, training and certification of individuals, and consulting for building owners and facility managers. For more information,visit www.gbac.org.
With more than 9,300 members—including distributors, manufacturers,manufacturer representatives, wholesalers, building service contractors,in-house service providers, residential cleaners, and associated service members—ISSA is the world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry. The association is committed to changing the way the world views cleaning by providing its members with the business tools they need to promote cleaning as an investment in human health, the environment, and an improved bottom line. Headquartered in Northbrook, Ill., USA, the association has regional offices in Mainz, Germany; Whitby, Canada; Parramatta, Australia; Seoul, South Korea; and Shanghai, China.For more information about ISSA, visit www.issa.comor call 800-225-4772 (North America) or 847-982- 0800.