What is GBAC Star Accreditation?

The GBAC STAR Accreditation is a performance-based program designed to help facilities establish and maintain a comprehensive cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention system. This accreditation demonstrates a commitment to maintaining a hygienic indoor environment, with trained professionals employing proper cleaning protocols and disinfection techniques. It ensures that facilities are equipped to respond effectively to biorisk situations like disease outbreaks or contamination events.

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What is GBAC® STAR Accreditation?

GBAC® STAR Facility Accreditation is the only accreditation program in the cleaning industry that focuses on outbreak prevention, response, and recovery for facilities. Established by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC), a division of ISSA, this comprehensive training program teaches the proper protocols, correct disinfection techniques, and best practices for cleaning in biohazard situations, including those involving SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19.

Successful GBAC® STAR facilities must demonstrate that they have the appropriate work practices, procedures, and systems in place to prepare for, respond to, and recover from outbreaks and pandemics. Since its inception in May 2020, over 1,900 facilities in more than 80 countries across six continents have earned this prestigious accreditation, with over 3,000 facilities currently in the process of seeking accreditation

The GBAC® STAR Service Accreditation

In addition to facility accreditation, the GBAC® STAR Service Accreditation program provides third-party validation for building service contractors (BSCs) and other outsourced cleaning service providers. GBAC-designed protocols and procedures position these providers as strategic partners against COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.

The GBAC® STAR Service program is performance-based, grounded in quality management system principles, and is similar to other relevant industry programs like ISO 9001, ISO 45001, and ISO 35001. It also complements the ISSA Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS), which outlines the primary characteristics of well-run, quality cleaning organisations.

What is GBAC STAR Accredited Facilities Accreditation?

The GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation is the gold standard for high-performance cleaning and maintenance in institutional and commercial facilities. Accredited facilities commit to maintaining a hygienic indoor environment through proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques, and work practices. The program is performance-based, with a comprehensive assessment and tailored cleaning regimen that contributes to reducing pathogen load. The 20-element quality management program is science-based, supporting best practices in cleaning and disinfection.

How Do You Become GBAC Star Registered?

To qualify as a GBAC STAR Registered Technology, applicants must provide a list of claims and problem statements addressed by their offering, demonstrate its effectiveness in supporting a hygienic indoor environment, and show its advantages over existing solutions in terms of claimed effectiveness, cost savings, and user health and safety.

For GBAC STAR Registered Program eligibility, applicants must demonstrate the program’s alignment with the GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation program, specifying which of the 20 elements it supports. The application must include evidence confirming the program’s performance, contribution to a high-performance cleaning regimen, and advantages over existing offerings in terms of effectiveness or cost savings.

GBAC STAR Registered Technology or Program status indicates that the offering has been evaluated by the GBAC Advisory Council Scientific Board for scientific validity, usability, practicality, safety, and effectiveness. Registered companies can use the GBAC STAR Registered Seal on their product or program documentation, providing assurance to customers and manufacturers.

CICS and the GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation Program

CICS Ltd. is an active participant in the GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation Program, a performance-driven initiative that helps facilities create and implement a thorough cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention system for both their staff and premises. The program’s primary objective is to support organisations in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from various biorisk situations, such as disease outbreaks or contamination events.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of GBAC accreditation, as it ensures effective, safe, and qualified decontamination practices across a wide range of work sectors and communities. By adhering to the stringent standards set by the GBAC program, facilities can maintain a hygienic and secure environment for their employees and visitors, minimising the risk of infectious disease transmission.

Some of the key features of the GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation Program include:

  1. Comprehensive assessment: The program provides a detailed evaluation of a facility’s current cleaning and disinfection protocols, identifying areas for improvement and recommending best practices to maintain a hygienic indoor environment.

  2. Customised approach: The accreditation process is tailored to each facility’s unique needs, taking into consideration factors such as size, type, and specific requirements.

  3. Ongoing support: GBAC offers continuous assistance to ensure that facilities stay up-to-date with the latest cleaning and disinfection practices, helping them adapt to new challenges and maintain their accreditation status.

  4. Recognition and credibility: Accredited facilities gain the trust and confidence of their clients, employees, and stakeholders by demonstrating their commitment to maintaining a high standard of cleanliness and safety.

For more information about the GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation Program and how it can benefit your organization, visit the official website at https://gbac.issa.com/.

FAQs about Industrial Cleaning and Air Quality

Industrial cleaning is a specialized type of cleaning that is designed to remove pollutants and contaminants from the air in industrial settings. It involves the use of specialized techniques and equipment to improve indoor air quality and create a safer, more productive work environment.

Good air quality is important for a number of reasons. It can improve the health and well-being of workers, leading to increased productivity and reduced absenteeism. Poor air quality, on the other hand, can lead to a range of health issues for workers and reduced productivity. Good air quality can also save money in the long run, as it can reduce the need for repairs and maintenance on equipment and improve overall efficiency.

Common pollutants in industrial settings include dust, chemical fumes, and other particulates. These substances can be harmful to workers and can lead to a range of health issues, including respiratory problems and allergies.

Industrial cleaning uses a variety of techniques to remove pollutants and contaminants from the air, including HEPA filtration, ventilation cleaning, and surface cleaning. By using these techniques, industrial cleaning can significantly improve the air quality in industrial settings, leading to a safer and more productive work environment.

Improved air quality in industrial settings can bring a range of benefits, including improved health and well-being for workers, increased productivity and efficiency, and potential cost savings for companies.

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Address: CICS (Specialised Cleaning) Limited, 20-22 Wenlock Road, London, England, N1 7GU

Email: info@cics.co.uk

Phone: +44 0333-323-0006

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