Fresh off the heels of a stimulating and motivating few days at the GBAC Symposium in Chicago, and a succesful keynote from our CEO Dr. John McKeon, we have announced the formation of an educational working group focused on indoor air quality (IAQ) in the built environment. This working group will be developed and run by the Allergy Standards Academy in partnership with the Global Biorisk Advisory Council™ (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, with whom we have enjoyed a productive relationship with an existing educational partnership that was announced in July.
The purpose of the new GBAC-ASL educational group is to develop toolkits and education programs for cleaning professionals responsible for educational, offices, retail, and health care facilities. The two organizations anticipate the group’s influence will have relevance and impact in communities where health inequity and financial challenges have the highest-burden costs.
“The United Nations General Assembly recently adopted a resolution declaring access to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment as a universal human right,” said Dr. John McKeon, ASL CEO. “This resolution, along with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) requirements, means that building owners, operators, and managers will need to proactively seek solutions in this area. Our toolkits and education programs will be a powerful resource.”
The GBAC-ASL working group will develop modular-based learning to deliver optimum outcomes for trusted advisors. Planned topics include:
- The medical impact of poor IAQ
- Indoor pathogens; including coronavirus
- What are asthma and allergies?
- In-building triggers
“Providing timely and relevant knowledge and information to the industry on proper cleaning actions for improving IAQ is among our top priorities,” said Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, GBAC Senior Director. “Through our combined GBAC and ASL networks, we will work together to further ISSA’s mission of changing the way the world views cleaning.”
GBAC and ASL
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. It offers education, training, certification, response management, and crisis consulting for situations where environments require a much higher level of cleaning, disinfection, and restoration.
The GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation is the gold standard of prepared facilities. ASL have worked with best in class manufacturers over the past 20 years including Dyson, LG, Volvo, 3M, Tarkett, Trane & Bona, testing and certifying their products to our high scientific standards. Our mission is to empower people to create the healthiest possible indoor environment, so when looking for a partner to educate facilities managers and cleaning professionals around this topic, ISSA and GBAC were first on our wish list.
GBAC and ASL’s previous collaboration is a skills and training program, entitled “Healthier Buildings Awareness”, and is specifically developed for the Facilities Management industry to address the knowledge gap relating to healthy buildings and indoor air quality. The course features four modules that educate users on the impact of poor IAQ, how to control pathogens like SARS-CoV-2, challenges of asthma and allergies, and how a building could have multiple triggers that cause low IAQ and illnesses.
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