Certifications, accreditations, endorsements, ratings… They can feel overwhelming, especially when you have other operational policies, maintenance protocols, or emergency plans to deal with. You might have a few questions about certifications, like “Where should I start? How can I apply? Which certifications does my company even need?” As your source for facilities maintenance solutions tailored to fit your needs, the ESCFederal team understands how stressful applying for and gaining special certifications can be.
That’s why we’re partnering with our clients to help with the heavy lifting. From LEED certification, to GBAC STAR™ Accreditation, to the WELL Health-Safety Rating, the ESCFederal team has assisted many properties with achieving specialty certifications. We’ve had a lot of questions from clients lately, so we’re breaking down what you need to know about some these newer accreditation programs and how they can help protect the health and safety of your staff and patrons.
GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation
The Global Biorisk Advisory Council is a division of ISSA that helps raise the standard of cleaning and disinfecting. Now, with GBAC STAR™, you can be accredited with the industry’s only outbreak response and recovery certification for facilities. Known as the “gold standard” of prepared facilities, a GBAC STAR™-certified property has:
• Maintained a cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention program that minimizes risks associated with infectious agents like Influenza, COVID-19, and more.
• Proper cleaning protocols and disinfection techniques in place to combat infectious diseases and other biohazards.
• Specially trained and highly-informed cleaning professionals who are prepared for outbreak and infectious disease preparation and response.
GBAC STAR™ certification is a performance-based program and is designed for any size facility, including: Convention Centers, Restaurants, Hotels and Spas, Grocery Stores, Commercial Offices, and more. Several of ESCFederal’s team members are certified in the GBAC STAR™ program, and we have helped several facilities achieve this certification themselves as a commitment to the standards of excellence and continuous learning.
WELL Health-Safety Rating
The WELL seal outside your property means your employees and patrons can feel safer inside. The WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations and Management helps facilities address the health, safety, and well-being of people. Evidence-based measures are adopted and then verified by a third-party source, so your patrons know that health and safety are front and center at your facility. This rating includes 22 strategies to help you:
• Keep your property clean and sanitized
• Maintain emergency preparedness programs
• Assess the quality of both the air and water at your facility
Growing in popularity, the WELL Health-Safety Rating is achieved with a focus on operational policies and maintenance protocols and is perfect for facilities including: Stadiums, Hotels, Corporate Offices, Coworking Spaces, and more.
LEED Rating System
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. The LEED Rating System helps people, their communities, and the cities where they reside stay healthy and safe while sustainably thriving. A LEED-certified building does the following:
• Gains a competitive edge in market differentiation and improved financial performance
• Attracts tenants while commanding the highest rent compared to non-green properties
• Manages performance thanks to a comprehensive framework for green building design
Investing in a green building provides every person entering your property the opportunity for health and safety while supporting their wellbeing. These buildings are all part of our network of facilities where we shop, work, and play.
ESCFederal: Your Partner for All of Your Facilities Maintenance Needs
ESCFederal team has the leading industry knowledge, training and expertise to help your facilities achieve the highest standards of facility safety and accreditation. It’s just one of the ways we aim to provide the best solutions for our clients and the people and properties we serve. Want to learn more about the clients we’ve helped to achieve their accreditations and certifications, or how we can help your facility get started, contact us today!