The Fredericton Convention Centre (FCC) announced that they are the first convention centre in Atlantic Canada, and one of eight in Canada, to achieve the GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC), a Division of ISSA. This accreditation focuses on ensuring a clean, safe, and healthy environment in public and commercial facilities of all sizes.
To achieve GBAC STAR™ accreditation, FCC is required to demonstrate continuing compliance with the program’s core elements, ensuring proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques and work practices are in place to combat biohazards and infectious disease. GBAC STAR™ is the gold standard and provides third-party validation that facilities have rigorous protocols in place for thorough response to biorisk situations.
“Our primary goal is to protect building users now and into the future”, said General Manager Cathy Pugh. “The GBAC STAR™ process helped us establish protocols and procedures, provided expert-led training and assessed the FCC’s readiness for biorisk situations. Our staff are now highly trained and empowered to implement best practices to prepare for, respond to and recover from outbreaks and pandemics.”
From mid-2020 until December 31, 2021, the FCC was rented by the New Brunswick Department of Justice and Public Safety. In January 2022, convention centre staff moved back into the building and are rebuilding the business events industry in Fredericton.
Learn more about GBAC STAR accreditation atwww.gbac.org.
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About Fredericton Convention Centre
The Fredericton Convention Centre features a 1,159-square-metre (12,480 square foot) ballroom and an additional 799-square-metres (8,600 square feet) of flexible meeting space. Located at 670 Queen Street, Fredericton, NB, delegates are within walking distance of the many cultural attractions, shops, boutiques and restaurants of New Brunswick’s Capital City. In 2019 FCC generated $15.7 million of direct economic impact in Fredericton. www.frederictonconventions.ca
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.
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—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, Ill., 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.