Oakland International Airport achieves GBAC STAR accreditation
Airport follows "Gold Standard" for cleanliness as traffic rebounds
Oakland, Calif. - March 26, 2021: Oakland International Airport (OAK) has announced that it has achieved Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation, the gold standard for airport cleanliness. Under the guidance of GBAC, a division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, the Port of Oakland – which operates the airport, has implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention in its airport facilities.
As the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation, GBAC STAR™ helps organizations establish protocols and procedures, offers expert-led education and assesses a facility’s readiness for biorisk situations, such as COVID-19. The program verifies that OAK implements best practices to prepare for, respond to and recover from outbreaks and pandemics.
“GBAC STAR accreditation empowers the airport team to assure workers, customers and key stakeholders that they have proven systems in place to maintain clean and healthy environments,” said Bryant L. Francis, Director of Aviation for the Port of Oakland. “By taking this important step to pursue GBAC STAR, Oakland Airport has received third-party validation that it follows strict protocols for biorisk situations, thereby demonstrating its preparedness and commitment to operating safely.”
To achieve GBAC STAR™ accreditation, the Port of Oakland team at OAK was required to demonstrate compliance with the program’s 20 core elements, which range from standard operating procedures and risk assessment strategies to personal protective equipment and emergency preparedness and response measures. Learn more about GBAC STAR accreditation at www.gbac.org.
About Oakland International Airport
Oakland International is the main airport for the greater East Bay, the most populated area in the metropolitan San Francisco Bay area. It is the closest airport to most Bay Area employers. By roadway and BART air-rail, OAK enables excellent access to all of the region’s business, entertainment and tourism venues. The vision of Oakland International Airport is to be the airport of choice for San Francisco Bay Area residents and visitors alike. OAK is operated by the Port of Oakland, which also oversees the Oakland seaport and 20 miles of East Bay waterfront. Together with its business partners, the Port supports more than 84,000 jobs in the region with more than a $130 billion economic impact. Updates about travel during the COVID19 pandemic, current departure and arrival information, airport maps, and details about on-airport parking, shopping and dining and more, can be found at www.oaklandairport.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Roberto Bernardo, Airport spokesperson
Oakland International Airport
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