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GREAT PARK ICE JOINS HONDA CENTER IN ACHIEVING GBAC STAR™ FACILITY ACCREDITATION

ANAHEIM REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION INTERMODAL CENTER AND GREAT PARK ICE JOIN HONDA CENTER IN ACHIEVING GBAC STAR™ FACILITY ACCREDITATION

Anaheim, Calif. (December 18, 2020)— The Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) has awarded STAR™ facility accreditation to Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) and Great Park Ice. The gold standard for prepared facilities, GBAC is a division of ISSA. The two facilities join Honda Center, home of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, in receiving the industry’s highest-level outbreak prevention, response, and recovery accreditation.  Under the guidance of GBAC, ARTIC and Great Park Ice have implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention at their facilities.

“As California’s largest ice facility, we strive for accreditations and achievements that assist us in providing a safe and clean facility for the community,” said Art Trottier, Vice President of Great Park Ice. “Aligned with our priority of the health and safety of all athletes, coaches, visitors, and staff – we are proud to earn the GBAC STAR accreditation.” 

To achieve GBAC STAR™ accreditation, the facilities are 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 www.gbac.org

“Essential workers have been the unsung heroes of this pandemic, putting themselves at risk to serve our community and provide for their families. Many of these workers rely on our public transit system,” said Tom Morton, executive director of Anaheim Convention, Sports and Entertainment. “Thanks to Anaheim’s strong partnership with Anaheim Transportation Center Management, we’ve been able to achieve the highest level of preparedness accreditation for the ARTIC transit center. With this, we’re assuring transit riders can visit ARTIC without feeling any added concern for their health or safety.”

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 ARTIC and Great Park Ice implement 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, ARTIC and Great Park Ice have received third-party validation that they follow strict protocols for biorisk situations, thereby demonstrating their preparedness and commitment to operating safely.”   

About Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center
Located in the Anaheim Resort District, the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, better known as ARTIC, provides rail, bus, taxi and other services for daily commuters, visitors and leisure travelers in Orange County. Owned by the City of Anaheim and managed by Anaheim Transportation Center Management, LLC, ARTIC’s modern, iconic design serves as the perfect backdrop for commercials, TV shows, and feature films.

About Great Park Ice
Great Park Ice & FivePoint Arena is one of the nation’s largest public ice facilities, located at the Orange County Great Park. The facility is a part of a public-private partnership with the Irvine Ice Foundation. The $100 million, 280,000-square-foot facility has four sheets of ice and serves sports-related activities that include youth and adult hockey programs, regional and national tournaments, figure skating, and public skating hours. FivePoint Arena has space to seat 2,500 spectators. The complex includes administrative offices, dressing rooms, training facilities, retail space, and concession space. 

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—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.