Posted July 9, 2020

STAFDA 's Anaheim convention center earns Gold Standard Certification in outbreak prevention and recovery

The Anaheim Convention Center is the first on the west coast to be certified in outbreak and infectious diseases preparation and response.

STAFDA's 44th Annual Convention & Trade Show, set for November 8-10, 2020 in Anaheim, California has just received more great news: The Anaheim Convention Center, which will host the convention and trade show, just received its GBAC Accreditation. It is the first convention center on the west coast to do so. Please click here for details regarding the accreditation.

Yesterday, the Anaheim Convention Center became the first convention center on the West Coast to receive the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation. As one of the first facilities in the U.S. to be certified in outbreak and infectious diseases preparation and response, the Anaheim Convention Center is on the forefront of creating an approved healthy and safe environment for meeting and convention attendees.

In the wake of COVID-19, the GBAC STAR program trained Anaheim Convention Center staff on how to prepare for, respond to and recover from infectious diseases and biohazards. The GBAC STAR is the gold standard for prepared facilities and is the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation.

“This is an important step in the eventual, safe and responsible reopening of the Anaheim Convention Center,” said Tom Morton, executive director of Convention, Sports & Entertainment for the city of Anaheim. “Event organizers and attendees can have confidence that our facility meets the highest standards of cleaning, disinfection and prevention. This accreditation is one part of a larger, comprehensive plan that will guide the Anaheim Convention Center in safely resuming meetings, conferences and conventions when the time is right.”

The GBAC STAR validates that the Anaheim Convention Center is executing the gold standard when it comes to creating a clean and safe environment for attendees.

In pursuit of the GBAC STAR accreditation, the Anaheim Convention Center completed 20 unique program elements and the facility has:

  • Established and maintained a cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention program to minimize risks associated with infectious agents like the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).
  • The proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques, and work practices in place to combat biohazards and infectious disease.
  • Highly skilled cleaning professionals who are trained for outbreak and infectious disease preparation and response.

To learn more about Visit Anaheim’s efforts to ensure the city recovers quickly and is best positioned to restore hotel stays, meetings, and conventions in Anaheim go to

Learn more about the 2020 STAFDA Convention and Trade Show at