CLEAN. MEASURE. MONITOR.
Towards the end of December 2020, ISSA, the worldwide cleaning association, announced that more than 150 facilities and organizations have been certified and accredited by GBAC, the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a division of ISSA.
This includes such facilities as hotels and convention centers worldwide, airports, airline fleets (American Airlines as of January 2021), gyms, medical centers, shopping malls, and a bit closer to home, Service Keepers.
Most of our staff have attended the workshops and classes required to earn GBAC certification. As GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger explains, GBAC accredited facilities “make proper cleaning and disinfection an ongoing priority.”
The program is designed “to guide facilities on cleaning, disinfection, and infection prevention,” to help protect the health of “employees and the public, now and in the future.”
This gives a general idea of what the GBAC program is all about. However, let’s explore the program in greater detail and explain why Service Keepers got behind it so early and so wholeheartedly.
Here are some of the key aspects of the program and its requirements:
These details highlight the rigor and professionalism of the program, but still do not address the reason for Service Keepers’ enthusiastic support. The reason is simple: we have always been here for health.
We now feel the professional cleaning industry falls under the umbrella of the healthcare industry. While our job is to continue to keep our client’s facilities looking their absolute best, our foremost duty to our clients is to protect the health of people using those facilities. Fortunately, with GBAC training, other custodial training programs in place, and the use of the most advanced cleaning technologies, we can do both.
Interested in learning more? Then get in touch today. We’re Service Keepers and we’re here for you.
*Facilities that are GBAC certified achieve what is called GBAC STAR accreditation. Cleaning contractors such as Service Keepers and their certified staff are recognized as GBAC-TRAINED TECHNICIANS™ and receive a Certification of Completion from GBAC once they have completed the program and passed related tests.
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