Charlotte Convention Center Receives GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation for Cleaning Protocols
The accreditation program is widely considered the gold standard for facilities
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 25, 2020) – The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) announced today that the Charlotte Convention Center has received the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ Facility Accreditation, making it one of the first facilities in North Carolina to earn this distinction.
ISSA introduced the GBAC STAR™ accreditation program earlier this year as the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation. Under the guidance of GBAC, the Charlotte Convention Center has implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention and demonstrated compliance with and commitment to the program's 20 core elements. Program elements range from standard operating procedures and risk assessment strategies to personal protective equipment (PPE) and emergency preparedness measures.
“The GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation allows facilities like the Charlotte Convention Center, a major economic driver for our city, to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the health and safety of our employees and our guests," said Tom Murray, Chief Executive Officer of the CRVA. “In conjunction with numerous other precautionary steps we have taken in response to COVID-19, this accreditation affirms that all who walk through our facility doors are met with the highest standard of cleanliness."
The Charlotte Convention Center is among a growing group of convention centers, arenas and public venues from around the world to achieve accreditation, ensuring that employees are trained with best work practices, protocols, procedures and systems for biorisk prevention and containment. Additionally, with the guidance of the CDC, FDA and a contracted infection disease control expert, the CRVA has created and implemented a comprehensive “We Clean with Care” program in its managed venues.
Last week Charlotte's Spectrum Center announced its GBAC STAR Accreditation. The CRVA is also pursuing the accreditation for its other managed venues, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the Bojangles Entertainment Complex.
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About the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority
The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) works to deliver experiences that uniquely enrich the lives of our visitors and residents. Through leadership in destination development, marketing and venue management expertise, the CRVA leads efforts to maximize the region’s economic potential through visitor spending, creating jobs and opportunities for the community. Brands supported by the CRVA include the Charlotte Convention Center, Spectrum Center, Bojangles’ Coliseum, Ovens Auditorium, NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte Regional Film Commission and Visit Charlotte in conjunction with the region’s destination marketing brand. For more information, visit charlottesgotalot.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.