Convention Center celebrates GBAC STAR re-accreditation around the world


The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Florida, one of the first convention centers to receive GBAC STAR Facility accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA, recently became the first convention center to achieve re-accreditation worldwide. after a successful year of organizing in-person events. Through its commitment to upholding GBAC STAR infection prevention protocols, as well as its recovery and resiliency guidelines in cooperation with the Florida Department of Health, and its pioneering collaboration with Orlando Health, the OCCC has organized over 100 events live from the onset of COVID. -19 pandemic.

“From the very beginning, we have been committed to hosting safe events and putting the health of everyone entering the OCCC first,” said Mark Tester, Executive Director of OCCC. “GBAC STAR has helped us get to where we are today. We are grateful for the continued support and flexibility of our customers and partners, as well as our guests and employees, as we continue to meet the new standard of cleanliness. “

As of August 19, 2021, the OCCC has scheduled 52 contracted events throughout the year, including 12 conventions, trade shows and sporting events that have moved their events to the OCCC from other destinations. In June 2021, the facility hosted its largest event to date, the 48th Annual Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) National Junior Volleyball Championships, which drew more than 135,000 participants. It also recently hosted attendees at the world’s leading aviation, aerospace and defense conference, Aviation Week MRO Americas, as well as the 38th Annual North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) (VMX) Veterinary Meeting and Exhibition. , the world’s leading veterinary conference and exhibition. .

The re-accreditation of GBAC STAR facilities is an annual process that builds on the initial accreditation to ensure that accredited facilities continue to evolve, improve and progress with the performance-based elements of the GBAC STAR program. With over 1,000 facilities having achieved the cleaning industry’s only accreditation for epidemic prevention, response and recovery in 2020, many are now beginning the re-accreditation process.

“We designed GBAC STAR to grow and evolve with facilities as new information and best practices emerge,” said Patricia Olinger, Managing Director of GBAC. “The re-accreditation process is a great way to ensure that over time, as restrictions ease and the public becomes more comfortable in public places, institutions continue to do everything that is in their power to prevent the spread of infection. The OCCC is a leader in the trade show industry, showing how to organize safe events in the midst of a pandemic and beyond. “

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