What is GBAC STAR?

GBAC STAR is the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response, and recovery accreditation. For facilities and other places you visit, GBAC STAR is an important indicator of their thoroughness with cleaning, disinfection, and prevention.

GBAC stands for “Global Biorisk Advisory Council” and is a specialty division of ISSA, the world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry. The word “STAR” was chosen because the GBAC STAR program requires facilities and service providers to attain higher protocols to keep spaces clean and safe for occupancy.

When you enter a GBAC STAR-accredited facility, it’s what you can’t see that counts. A facility may look and smell clean, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the space has been properly cleaned and thoroughly disinfected.

The GBAC STAR seal is reserved only for facilities that maintain the right protocols for cleaning and indicates that the space has been disinfected to higher standards. When you see the GBAC STAR seal, you’ll have the assurance and confidence that the facility staff are properly trained and working hard to renew your trust in building cleanliness and safety.

See if your facility is GBAC STAR-accredited and make sure to look for the GBAC STAR facility accreditation seal the next time you enter a facility.

GBAC STAR facilities have:

  • Proper protocols for cleaning and disinfection.
  • Correct training for chemicals, equipment, and procedures.
  • Thorough knowledge of how germs live on high-touch surfaces.

A facility first must apply to the GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation program. The program helps commercial and public facilities establish a systematic approach to cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention. To complete the program, facilities are required to demonstrate capability and compliance with the program’s 20 elements. GBAC Board Members review all completed applications and determine facility accreditation.

Know that the facility has carefully PREPARED to reopen – and stay open safely! You may notice big changes or small changes. Remember that “clean” goes beyond just “looks and smells” clean. That’s why GBAC STAR indicates that behind the scenes, cleaning and disinfection is getting done properly.

GBAC STAR-accredited facilities know that it’s important to fully RECOVER from outbreaks and other biohazard situations. That’s why these facilities make proper cleaning and disinfection an ongoing management priority – not just an afterthought at the end of the business day. So regardless of any biohazard issue, a GBAC STAR-accredited facility has the right steps in place to meet their commitment of creating safer and healthier spaces. GBAC STAR facilities must re-accredit every year in order to demonstrate that they are still meeting the latest standards and are aware of industry best practices.

GBAC STAR-accredited facilities have gone through a rigorous screening process to ensure they adhere to 20 Elements that cover everything from high-level corporate commitment to regular facility inspections – and everything in between.

Office buildings, stadiums, schools and more can receive the GBAC STAR facility accreditation. The accreditation is for the facility itself and can be obtained by the smallest local business up to the largest arena or complex in the world.

The accreditation validates a cleaning company’s cleaning, disinfection, and infection prevention program to help its facility customers prepare, respond and recover from biohazards and infectious agents. Feel confident in knowing that the GBAC STAR Service-accredited building service contractor or other outsourced cleaning service provider you’ve hired is implementing the industry’s highest standards for cleaning and disinfection.

The GBAC STAR Directory

From the smallest office, to the tallest high rise. From the most intimate restaurant, to the largest sports stadium. From your local daycare, to your state university.

GBAC STAR brings higher cleaning and disinfection standards to the spaces you live, work, and visit. Check out the directory and see who has the seal!

GBAC STAR Directory
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If the time is right to start your commitment to a healthy and safe environment, then find out which GBAC STAR program is right for you!

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