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Orange County Convention Center Receives GBAC STAR Accreditation


ORLANDO — The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) is one of the largest venues in the nation to receive the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation on outbreak prevention, response and recovery.

As the industry’s only such accreditation, GBAC STAR has created requirements to assist facilities with work practices, protocols, procedures and systems to control risks associated with infectious agents, such as SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19.

The program relies on GBAC’s comprehensive training that teaches the proper protocols, correct disinfection techniques and cleaning best practices for biohazard situations like the novel coronavirus. GBAC is a division ISSA, the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association.

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To receive GBAC STAR accreditation, facilities must demonstrate compliance with the program’s 20 elements, each with specific performance and guidance criteria ranging from standard operating procedures and risk assessment strategies to personal protective equipment (PPE) and emergency preparedness and response measures.

“We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our employees, guests, and attendees at the OCCC,” OCCC Executive Director Mark Tester said. “We are incorporating some of the most stringent protocols of the GBAC STAR program into plan and continue our efforts on implementing our Recovery and Resiliency Guidelines.”

Offering expert-led training classes to assesses a facility’s preparedness for biorisk situations, this performance-based program teaches facilities how to use best practices to limit future outbreaks, empower housekeeping and cleaning staff to perform their duties effectively and safely, all in an effort to ease customer concerns and provide greater peace of mind.

Reach Mark Tester at (407) 685-9800 or; Patty Olinger at (847) 982-0800 or

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