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Convention Center Awarded STAR Accreditation for Stringent Health Protocols

Published on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 | 11:05 am

The Pasadena Convention Center has been awarded the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation, the gold standard for prepared facilities. 

Under the guidance of GBAC, a division of ISSA, the International Sanitary Supply Association, the Pasadena Convention Center has implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention in its facilities.

“The Pasadena Convention Center is committed to providing the highest level of service, cleaning, and disinfection standards to our staff, clients, and guests,” said Naz Sabripour, executive director of the Pasadena Convention Center. “Achieving the GBAC STAR accreditation is an important step in the safe and responsible reopening of the Pasadena Convention Center. When the time is right, we’ll be ready to welcome guests back safely.”

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 Pasadena Convention 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 Patricia Olinger, GBAC executive director 

“By taking this important step to pursue GBAC STAR, the Pasadena Convention Center has received third-party validation that it follows strict protocols for biorisk situations, thereby demonstrating its preparedness and commitment to operating safely,” Olinger said.   

To achieve GBAC STAR accreditation, the Pasadena Convention Center was required to 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. 

Learn more about GBAC STAR accreditation at

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