Partnership enables salons to become accredited in the proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques, and work practices to combat biohazards and infectious disease.

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. 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. “

Steve Sleeper, Executive Director of the Professional Beauty Industry

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. 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 Executive Director Patricia Olinger

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