ASM Global’s Puerto Rico Convention Center
Achieves the Accreditation from the GBAC STAR™ Facility Program
(San Juan, Puerto Rico – September 2020) – Puerto Rico Convention Center (PRCC) has announced the approval of the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation, the gold standard for facilities dedicated to serving large amounts of public. Under the guidance of GBAC, a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, PRCC will implement the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention in its facility, thus entering a select group of spaces that have committed to exceeding all comparable requirements to provide security to their visitors and customers.
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 that PRCC implements best practices to prepare for, respond to and recover from outbreaks and pandemics.
“GBAC STAR accreditation empowers facility owners and managers to assure workers, customers and key stakeholders that they have proven systems in place to maintain clean and healthy environments,” said GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger. “By taking this important step to pursue GBAC STAR, PRCC will receive third-party validation that it follows strict protocols for biorisk situations, thereby demonstrating its preparedness and commitment to operating safely.”
“This accreditation raises to the highest levels our commitment to provide our clients and visitors with health and hygiene measures that will allow us to carry out face-to-face events, minimizing the risk of spread and impact, not only due to the current situation but also for any health and safety threats we may have in the future’, said Jorge Pérez, general manager for the Puerto Rico Convention Center.
In those same terms, the executive director of the Puerto Rico Convention District Authority, Noelia García, stated that “with this new certification we validate the work we have been doing so that the public facilities that are part of the Convention District can operate again, going one step further to give peace of mind to all clients who wish to hold events, as well as to the citizens who visit us, that will now be able to enjoy their activities safely and with all the appropriate protocols in function.”
To achieve GBAC STAR™ accreditation, PRCC 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. Learn more about GBAC STAR accreditation at www.gbac.org.
About ASM Global
ASM Global is the world’s leading space management and services company. The company was formed by the combination of AEG Facilities and SMG, world leaders in event and event strategy and management. The company’s network of elite venues spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 325 of the world’s most prestigious stadiums, arenas, convention and exhibition centers, and performing arts centers. From Aberdeen to Anchorage, and from Sydney to Stockholm, their venues connect people through the unique power of live experiences. ASM Global’s diverse client portfolio benefits from the company’s depth of resources, expertise, and unmatched creative problem solving. Every day, the company’s 61,000 passionate employees around the world provide locally tailored solutions and state-of-the-art technologies to deliver maximum results and incredible guest experiences. By constantly seeking new ways to visualize, innovate, and empower the spaces and places that bring people together, ASM Global elevates the human spirit while delivering the greatest value to all stakeholders. For more information, visit www.asmglobal.com.
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™ facility accreditation 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.com or call 800-225-4772 (North America) or 847-982-0800.
José Luis Cedeño, BFWD