The Canadian Flooring Cleaning Restoration Association (CFCRA) and the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA, have established a formal partnership to help facilities meet the highest levels of cleanliness and safety to minimise risk from coronavirus and other infectious agents.
As part of the agreement, CFCRA will act as a strategic partner for two GBAC programs that will help facility managers and cleaning staff in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic:
- GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation Program, which helps public and commercial facilities establish and maintain a cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention program to minimize risks associated with infectious agents and biohazards.
- GBAC Fundamentals Online Course: Cleaning & Disinfection Principles, an e-learning course that trains cleaning professionals on infection and contamination control measures for infectious disease prevention.
“We are pleased to partner with ISSA and GBAC on these programs that will empower our members to incorporate best practices around cleaning and disinfection,” Lee Senter, president of the CFCRA said.
“By pursuing GBAC accreditation and training, our customers will have the opportunity to establish themselves as industry leaders in ensuring clean, safe, and healthy environments that instill confidence among building visitors, staff, and other key constituents.”
GBAC STAR provides third-party validation that facilities have the proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques, and work practices to meet a higher level of cleanliness and safety.
Launched in early May, the performance-based accreditation program has garnered commitments from the hotel and hospitality industry, convention centers, stadiums, and venues, as well as leaders in the aviation industry.
To achieve GBAC STAR accreditation, facilities must demonstrate compliance with the program’s 20 elements, which range from standard operating procedures and risk assessment strategies to personal protective equipment and emergency preparedness and response measures. Facilities apply online and provide all documentation and supporting evidence with their application.
The GBAC Fundamentals Online Course: Cleaning & Disinfection Principles training covers a variety of cleaning and disinfection topics with a special emphasis on SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19.
Participants in the two- to three-hour course learn infection and contamination control measures for infectious disease outbreak situations.
Those who complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion from GBAC and can use the term “GBAC-Trained Technician” to distinguish themselves.
“We are grateful for CFCRA’s partnership and commitment to GBAC STAR,” said GBAC executive director Patty Olinger.
“Together, we will help facilities implement strict protocols for biorisk situations that foster clean, safe, and healthy environments now and in the future.”
INCLEAN is published by the Intermedia Group on behalf of ISSA
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