BC Place is the first Canadian stadium to achieve GBAC STAR™ accreditation
September 21st, 2020
VANCOUVER, BC. – (September 21, 2020) BC Place Stadium has strengthened its commitment to the health and safety of its staff, clients, and guests, by becoming the first stadium in Canada to achieve Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation for outbreak prevention, response, and recovery. GBAC STAR is the gold standard of prepared facilities and provides third-party validation that facilities have rigorous protocols in place for thorough response to biorisk situations.
GBAC STAR™ is an industry accreditation focused on ensuring a clean, safe, and healthy environment in public and commercial facilities of all sizes. The program outlines best practices, protocols, and procedures to control risk factors associated with infectious disease, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19. The program is administered by GBAC, a division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association.
"The wellbeing of our guests, our team members, and the community has always been our highest priority," said Patricia Jelinski, General Manager of BC Place Stadium. "To be the first stadium in Canada to achieve the internationally-recognized GBAC STAR accreditation through ISSA further demonstrates our team’s commitment to ensuring the health and safety of everyone at our facility."
To achieve GBAC STAR™ accreditation, facilities must follow specific performance and guidance criteria to show compliance with the program’s 20 elements, which range from standard operating procedures and risk assessment to personal protective equipment (PPE) and emergency preparedness and response measures. The program is ideal for facilities of all sizes including, but not limited to offices, restaurants, hotels, airports, stadiums, and other public venues.
"GBAC STAR™ is the gold standard of safe facilities, providing third-party validation that ensures facilities implement strict protocols for biorisk situations," said GBAC executive director Patricia Olinger. "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."
About BC Place Stadium
BC Place is the largest multipurpose venue of its kind in the province of British Columbia, hosting sport, exhibitions, live entertainment and community events, in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. BC Place is the home of the BC Lions Football Club, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the Canada Sevens and the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Each year, BC Place welcomes more than one million guests to events ranging from professional football, soccer, and rugby, to amateur and high school sports, consumer shows, cultural gatherings, carnivals, film shoots, special events, and world-class concerts. Events hosted at BC Place generate more than $120 Million per year in economic benefit within the province, while also generating significant cultural and community benefit for the people of British Columbia.
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.
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