AUSTIN, TX — The 2020 F&D Prime Site Award-winning Austin Convention Center has achieved GBAC STAR accreditation. Under the guidance of GBAC, a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, the Austin Convention Center Department has implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention for the facility.
“The GBAC STAR facility accreditation is a performance-based program that certifies that the Austin Convention Center continues to protect our staff and visitors, as we are equipped and ready to safely welcome back in-person vents,” said Trisha Tatro, Austin Convention Center Department Interim Director. “Our staff has worked extremely hard to operate using specific procedures and protocols to best prepare, protect and recover from outbreaks and pandemics.”
To achieve GBAC STAR accreditation, the Austin Convention Center will demonstrate compliance with the program’s 20 core elements, which range from standard operating procedures and risk assessment strategies to personal protective equipment and emergency preparedness and response measures.
“When the submittal process was presented, our staff never hesitated with the thought of increased documentation and new cleaning protocols,” said Taje Allen, Austin Convention Center Department Interim Facilities Manager. “We are excited about our new equipment that will assist us with infectious disease prevention and disinfection. I’m proud to say our Convention Center staff has taken all changes in stride and has welcomed all newly implemented safety measures to ensure a clean and safe environment for all workers and guests.”
Along with reaching a higher level of cleaning and disinfection, the Austin Convention Center Department has purchased new sanitation equipment and uses the following products:
• Stearns® ONE PACKS Mark E II Disinfectant/Deodorizer and multipurpose, neutral pH, hospital grade quaternary. A one-step germicide, detergent, deodorizer, fungicide and virucide
• Four Sentry 4 UV standalone disinfection machines that emit full spectrum UV light to eliminate up to 99.9 percent of the bacteria, fungi and viruses in the space, and limit the growth of fungi
• Ordered handheld electrostatic sprayers. Victory Sprayers’ patented technology provides an electrical charge to solutions, allowing them to wrap conductive surfaces with an effective and even coverage. These machines reduce cross-contamination due to their touchless application.
Equipment will be sanitized before the start of each event and at the end of each day.
The Palmer Events Center has submitted its GBAC STAR application and is expected to receive accreditation near the beginning of 2021.
Read the cover story on the Austin Convention Center in the 2020 F&D Spring issue.