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The Professional Beauty Association Partners with Global Biorisk Advisory Council on GBAC STAR Accreditation for Salons

Oct 26, 2020, 21:45 PM by Taylor Trujillo
Partnership enables salons to become accredited in the proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques, and work practices to combat biohazards and infectious disease.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Scottsdale, AZ (September 8, 2020) -- In an effort to create a standardized
cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention protocol for the
professional beauty industry, the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) announces
its partnership with the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA,
and its GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation Program. GBAC is composed of global
leaders in the area of microbial-pathogenic threat analysis and mitigation who have
vast experience with government agencies including the CDC, WHO, ISO, UN,
Department of Health, and more. This partnership marks the first time the
professional beauty industry is aligning on such a standardized protocol with a
nationally recognized entity that will help clients feel safer than ever to enter their
favorite salons.

GBAC STAR is the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and
recovery accreditation for facilities. GBAC STAR-accredited facilities are able to
demonstrate that correct work practices, procedures and systems are in place to
prepare, respond, and recover from outbreaks and pandemics; providing salons a
standardized, high level measure of safety and cleaning best practices. Through this
partnership, PBA is offering its members a discount on this annual accreditation to
help create this industry-wide standardization that salons and their clientele can
feel great about.

“The Professional Beauty Association is excited to partner with GBAC on instituting
a recognizable cleaning and disinfection accreditation seal to ensure the health and
safety of salons, their staff, and clientele,” shares Steve Sleeper, Executive Director
of the Professional Beauty Industry. “By aligning with GBAC on this global initiative
that the world's most notable consumer establishments are participating in,
including Hyatt, American Airlines, and the Javits Center, clients can feel safer when
entering these accredited salons.”

To achieve GBAC STAR accreditation, salons must demonstrate compliance with the
program's 20 elements, which range from standard operating procedures and risk
assessment strategies to personal protective equipment and emergency
preparedness and response measures. Each salon will apply online and provide all
documentation and supporting evidence with their application. The GBAC STAR
Accreditation Council then determines the status of all GBAC STAR facilities.
"GBAC STAR is the gold standard of safe facilities, providing third-party validation
that ensures facilities implement strict protocols for biorisk situations," said GBAC
Executive Director Patricia Olinger. "Accreditation empowers facility owners and
managers to assure workers, customers, and key stakeholders that they have
proven systems in place to deliver clean and healthy environments that are safe for
business."

GBAC STAR accreditation means that a salon 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.

To learn more about becoming a GBAC STAR-accredited salon and submit your
application, visit www.probeauty.org/gbac.
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