MOLINE, ILLINOIS (December 2, 2020) The TaxSlayer Center has announced that it has achieved Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation, the gold standard for prepared facilities. Under the guidance of GBAC, a Division of The International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA), the worldwide cleaning-industry association, The TaxSlayer Center has implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease-prevention in its facility.

As the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response, and recovery accreditation, GBAC STAR™ helps organizations establish protocols and procedures, offers expert-led training, and assesses a facility’s readiness for biorisk situations. The program verifies that The TaxSlayer Center implements best practices to prepare for, respond to, and recover from outbreaks and pandemics.

“GBAC STAR accreditation empowers facility owners and managers to assure workers, customers, and key stakeholders that they have proven systems in place to maintain clean and healthy environments,” said GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger. “By taking this important step to pursue GBAC STAR, The TaxSlayer Center has received third-party validation that it follows strict protocols for biorisk situations, thereby demonstrating its preparedness and commitment to operating safely.”

To achieve GBAC STAR™ accreditation, The TaxSlayer Center was required to demonstrate compliance with the program’s twenty core elements, which range from standard-operating procedures and risk-assessment strategies to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), emergency preparedness and response-measures.

“Earning the GBAC accreditation has been a priority for us,” says TaxSlayer Center Executive Director, Scott Mullen. “It verifies that we take the well-being of our guests and employees very seriously and demonstrates that when we re-open for events, we will be providing the safest environment possible.” The TaxSlayer Center was the 8th Arena in North America to have achieved the accreditation. Mullen also serves on the International Association of Venue Managers Public Assembly Health and Safety Task Force as well as the IAVM COVID Industry Advisory Team which are comprised of arena, stadium, convention center, amphitheater, performing-arts center, and university-venue executives to develop best virus-remediation practices with the highest cleaning and disinfection standards for the venue industry.

About The TaxSlayer Center

The TaxSlayer Center is one of the top-grossing mid-size venues in the country and has won numerous awards and has been perennially ranked among the top 10 Arenas in the country for tickets sold and gross dollars for facilities under 12,000 seats. The TaxSlayer Center has a regional population of nearly 700,000 and is located on the banks of the Mississippi River on the border of east-central Iowa and northwestern Illinois border in Moline, Illinois. The Quad Cities is made up of Moline and Rock Island in Illinois along with Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa.

About GBAC, a Division of ISSA

Composed of international leaders in the field of microbial-pathogenic threat-analysis, mitigation, response, and recovery, the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, provides training, guidance, accreditation, certification, crisis management assistance and leadership to government, commercial and private entities looking to mitigate, quickly address and/or recover from biological threats and real-time crises. The organization’s services include biorisk management program assessment and training, Forensic Restoration® response and remediation, the GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation program, training, and certification of individuals and consulting for building owners and facility managers. For more information, visit www.gbac.org.

About ISSA

With more than 9,300 members — including distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer-representatives, wholesalers, building-service contractors, in-house service-providers, residential cleaners, and associated service-members — The International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA) is the world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry. The association is committed to changing the way the world views cleaning by providing its members with the business tools they need to promote cleaning as an investment in human health, the environment, and an improved bottom line. Headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois, USA, the association has regional offices in Mainz, Germany; Whitby, Canada; Parramatta, Australia; Seoul, South Korea; and Shanghai, China. For more information about ISSA, visit www.issa.com or call 800-225-4772 (North America) or 847-982-0800. Learn more about GBAC STAR accreditation at www.gbac.org.

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