GCCC Achieves Global Sanitation Accreditation: GBAC STAR™

Industry-leading protocols provide trusted protection for the Greater Columbus Convention Center.


(Columbus, December 22, 2020) – The Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) managed by ASM Global is the latest convention center to earn the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation. Under the guidance of GBAC, a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, GCCC has implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention in the facility.

To achieve GBAC STAR™ accreditation, the Greater Columbus Convention Center 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.

With the GBAC STAR™ accreditation, the GCCC has:

  • Maintained a cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention program to minimize risks associated with infectious agents like COVID-19.
  • Established proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques and work practices to combat biohazards and infectious disease.
  • Employed cleaning professionals who are trained for outbreak and infectious disease preparation and response.

Additionally, to ensure that operations are at the highest standards of health & safety for guests, the Greater Columbus Convention Center has implemented the VenueShield environmental hygiene program. VenueShield was created by ASM Global, the world’s largest venue management and services company. Tailored as a comprehensive and best-in-class program, VenueShield, has been deployed at more than 325 ASM Global facilities around the world, including the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

The continued integration of VenueShield with the evolving meetings and events industry are of top priority at the GCCC. VenueShield was developed in accordance with international health care guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Health Service (NHS), among others. The protocols and procedures within VenueShield include the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), food safety measures, air quality control, surface cleaning, physical distancing, temperature checks, thermal cameras, hand sanitizers, and reduced touch points along the entire customer journey.

To add convenience and value to all advanced safety protocols, GCCC’s PPE Resource Center has been made accessible to events and guests via an online portal from applied graphics partner, ID Graphics with ID Clean Solutions. The PPE pre-order link can be accessed at: https://bit.ly/GCCCPPE. Curbside delivery is also available.

The GCCC Reopening Plan can be found at https://columbusconventions.com. The full VenueShield Environmental Hygiene program is available to GCCC clients during the event planning process.



The award-winning, 1.8 million-square-foot Greater Columbus Convention Center offers 373,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, 75 meeting rooms and a total of 114,000 square feet of ballroom space among three ballrooms. The facility is owned and developed by the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority and managed by ASM Global. For more information, please call (614) 827-2500, or visit https://columbusconventions.com . Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/ColumbusConventions and follow us on Twitter @CBusConventions.



ASM Global is the world’s leading venue management and services company.  The company was formed by the combination of AEG Facilities and SMG, global leaders in venue and event strategy and management.  The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 325 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention, and exhibition centers, and performing arts venues. From Aberdeen to Anchorage, and Sydney to Stockholm, its venues connect people through the unique power of live experiences.  ASM Global’s diverse portfolio of clients benefit from the company’s depth of resources and unparalleled experience, expertise and creative problem-solving.  Each day, the company’s 61,000 passionate employees around the world deliver locally tailored solutions and cutting-edge technologies to deliver maximum results for venue owners and amazing experiences for guests.  By consistently looking for new ways to envision, innovate and empower the spaces and places that bring people together, ASM Global elevates the human spirit while delivering the highest value for all stakeholders.  For more information, please visit www.asmglobal.com.


Composed of international leaders in the field of microbial-pathogenic threat analysis, mitigation, response and recovery, the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, provides training, guidance, accreditation, certification, crisis management assistance and leadership to government, commercial and private entities looking to mitigate, quickly address and/or recover from biological threats and real-time crises. The organization’s services include biorisk management program assessment and training, Forensic Restoration® response and remediation, the GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation program, training and certification of individuals and consulting for building owners and facility managers. For more information, visit www.gbac.org.


With more than 9,300 members—including distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, wholesalers, building service contractors, in-house service providers, residential cleaners, and associated service members—ISSA is the world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry. The association is committed to changing the way the world views cleaning by providing its members with the business tools they need to promote cleaning as an investment in human health, the environment, and an improved bottom line. Headquartered in Northbrook, Ill., USA, the association has regional offices in Mainz, Germany; Whitby, Canada; Parramatta, Australia; Seoul, South Korea; and Shanghai, China. For more information about ISSA, visit www.issa.com or call 800-225-4772 (North America) or 847-982-0800.




  • The GCCC venue itself is a cashless facility. This includes all GCCC operated concessions and all in-lane GCCC parking transactions. However, within the GCCC, there are individual contracted vendors and outlets who, at their discretion, may accept cash.