LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas scored a winning hand when the 3.2 million square-foot Las Vegas Convention Center was recently awarded the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR facility accreditation — the first facility in Nevada to earn the designation designed to control the risks associated with infectious diseases, including the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.
To earn the GBAC STAR accreditation, developed by ISSA: the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association, the facility had to demonstrate that it was in compliance with 20 key elements of biorisk prevention and containment, including everything from standard operating procedures and risk management strategies to personal protective equipment and emergency preparedness and response practices.
“The GBAC STAR™ accreditation program demonstrates our serious commitment to health and safety as we work toward reopening our doors,” said Brian Yost, Chief Operating Officer of the LVCVA. “Securing this accreditation will help our meeting and convention clients return to the Las Vegas Convention Center with confidence, and will help assure workers, attendees and exhibitors that we have put extensive thought and action into following the industry’s top health and safety protocols and best practices.”
The accreditation is an affirmation of the LVCC’s comprehensive, research-based plan for cleaning, disinfection and infection disease prevention that was developed in collaboration with health officials and key stakeholders. It covers measures to protect employee health, provide safety-related communication and signage, implement hygiene and sanitation policies for public spaces, provide safe event registration, institute exhibit hall control measures such as staggered entrance/departure times, disinfect meeting rooms and ensure the safety of food and beverage on the premises.
The LVCC joins a growing list of convention centers that have earned the GBAC STAR accreditation, including:
• Anaheim Convention Center
• Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex
• Georgia World Congress Center
• San Antonio’s Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
• Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland
• Chicago’s McCormick Place
• Miami Beach Convention Center
• New Orleans’ Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
• Orange County Convention Center
• Kansas’ Overland Park Convention Center
• Florida’s Palm Beach County Convention Center
• California’s Palm Springs Convention Center
• Phoenix Convention Center
• Memphis’ Renasant Convention Center
• San Diego Convention Center
• San Jose McEnery Convention Center
• Savannah Convention Center
• Walter E. Washington Convention Center in D.C.
Convention centers are only one type of facility that has achieved, or is pursuing, GBAC STAR accreditation: hotels, airports, stadiums and other public venues also have earned the accreditation or are in the process of applying.
Reach Brian Yost at (702) 892-0711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.