Facilities Management and Construction Services Achieves GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation

February 16, 2022

The City of Kingston is pleased to announce that City Hall has been awarded GBAC STAR™ Facility accreditation. GBAC STAR™ (Global Biorisk Advisory Council) is the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response, and recovery accreditation for facilities. The City’s submission has been approved making City Hall and the City of Kingston the first municipality in Ontario, and the second in Canada to receive this accreditation.

“I have been humbled by the performance of our frontline staff throughout COVID, and I’ve been further impressed by their willingness to embrace training, technology, the application of new, industry best cleaning applications, and standards as part of the GBAC accreditation process”, states Therol Peterson, Manager, Facilities Management & Construction Services. “We have introduced electronic scheduling/forensic auditing/reporting tools, electrostatic spraying devices, other highly efficient, effective equipment, detailed job plans (Work Orders), application methods, tasks etc. and our staff have willingly embraced the change management process with vigor.”

The Global Biorisk Advisory Council™ (GBAC) helps organizations and businesses prepare for, respond to, and recover from biological threats, and biohazard situations and real-time crises by offering education, training, certification, response management, and crisis consulting for situations where environments require a much higher level of cleaning, disinfection, and restoration. GBAC is a division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association.

“City of Kingston custodians have stood in the face of the pandemic since the beginning, but the pressures of increased cleaning schedules have led to exploring the most up to date industry best practices”, continues Peterson. “When applied GBAC methodologies supported by our highly skilled custodial services team will ensure the health and safety for all who come to work, visit, and play in the buildings cleaned by the City of Kingston’s Facilities Management & Construction Services team.”

GBAC STAR™ is the gold standard of prepared facilities. The performance based GBAC STAR™ program requires facilities to meet specific requirements, in order to earn accreditation and display the seal that promotes their commitment to public health and safety. This accreditation means that our facility has:

  • Established and maintained a cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention program to minimize risks associated with infectious agents like the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).
  • The proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques, and work practices in place to combat biohazards and infectious disease.
  • Highly informed cleaning professionals who are trained for outbreak and infectious disease preparation and response

The GBAC STAR™ Accreditation Program is designed to help facilities establish a comprehensive system of cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention for their staff and their building. The program relies on GBAC’s comprehensive training, which teaches the proper protocols, correct disinfection techniques, and cleaning best practices for biohazard situations like the novel coronavirus.

“Achieving GBAC accreditation at City Hall represents a major advancement in the custodial services being delivered in response to the ongoing COVID pandemic,” explains Pierre Bartkowiak, Supervisor, Facilities Management and Construction Services.  “This ensures the staff and members of the public accessing the building can be assured that the highest levels of custodial standards are being delivered.  Our front-line staff have been instrumental in the programs implementation and have risen to the challenge of using new tools, scheduling tasks through electronic work orders and advancing their knowledge with GBAC training.”  

Successful GBAC STAR™ facilities can demonstrate that correct work practices, procedures and systems are in place to prepare, respond, and recover from outbreaks and pandemics.

“This is a monumental achievement, making the City of Kingston stand out as a leader in workplace hygiene not just in Ontario but in all of Canada”, continues Bartkowiak. “I am proud of our frontline staff’s willingness to stand in the face of this virus but I’m even more impressed by their willingness to learn new things and change the way they clean.”

This is great news for all facilities cleaned by the FMCS department internal staff and contracted services, the staff working in City Hall and members of the public who use the facility to provide peace of mind that the highest standard of cleaning practices are being used within the building.