The announcement that we have partnered with the Global Biorisk Advisory Council™ (GBAC) to create a curriculum designed to help businesses improve indoor air quality (IAQ) was made today. The skills and training program, entitled “Healthier Buildings Awareness”, was 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.
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 were first on our wish list.
Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, GBAC Senior Director, said that he is excited that GBAC have partnered with ASL to develop solutions that help businesses improve IAQ and the health, comfort, and well-being of all users of the built environment.
Healthier Buildings Awareness Course
The EPA suggest that Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) can be up to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air. Indoor Air Quality is getting worse and the medical outcomes increasingly negative. Customer awareness is spiking due to seasonal forest fires and “pollen tsunamis”. There is a growing demand for a better understanding of how indoor air quality is relevant to building owners and facilities managers.
This course, designed and delivered specifically for building management professionals, will help you take practical next steps in creating cleaner indoor air for your stakeholders. When you take this course you will be able to engage with building owners and managers about indoor air quality concerns and issues related to health and wellness. It will include the latest science on indoor ‘trigger factors’ asthma and allergies. You will be able to identify business opportunities in supplying better solutions that create quality air for the increasing numbers of people that demand it.
“ASL and GBAC’s ongoing collaboration is a significant step forward in addressing decision making when it comes to environment, social, and governance (ESG) issues of health in the indoor environment and how it impacts individuals’ well-being,” said ASL CSO Dr John Ryan
You can learn more about the course here from Patricia Olinger and Dr. John McKeon
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References and further reading
Volvo Cars Advanced Air Cleaner System has been CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® by Allergy Standards Limited
ASL host Industry Leaders to Highlight Healthier Indoor Environments at Gala Event attended by President Biden