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Our Purpose

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. We offer education, training, certification, response management, and crisis consulting for situations where environments require a much higher level of cleaning, disinfection, and restoration.
GBAC is a division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association. Explore becoming a member of ISSA to access discounts to GBAC programs and services.

Biohazard Situations Include

Pandemic and infectious disease outbreaks

Unattended deaths

Crime and trauma scenes


Hoarding conditions and unsanitary dwellings

Mass casualty situations

Our Experts Work With


Law Enforcement Agencies

Emergency Responders

Schools and Academic Institutions

Hospitals and Urgent Care Facilities

Health and Fitness Clubs

Medical Examiners

Corporate Offices

Building Service Contractors

Residential Cleaners

Front-line Journalists

Veterinary Clinics

Airports, Train Stations, and
Other Transportation Terminals

Public Venue (Convention Center, Stadium,
Theater, Recreation, Church)

Our People

GBAC is an experienced network of experts and certified partners who are prepared to respond to any event involving a biological crisis. The council is composed of international leaders in the fields of microbial-pathogenic threat analysis and biohazard mitigation.
Patricia Olinger GBAC Executive Director Global Biorisk Advisory Council

Patricia (Patty) Olinger, JM, RBP
Certified Forensic Operator®, Certified Bio-Forensic Restoration Specialist®

Patty Olinger is the Executive Director for GBAC. Prior to joining GBAC, Olinger was an Assistant Vice President in the Office of Research Administration and the Executive Director of the Environmental, Health and Safety Office (EHSO) at Emory University. During Olinger’s 13-year tenure, EHSO had university-wide responsibility for all aspects of Environmental, Health and Safety support, including EHS compliance support to Emory Healthcare. This included biosafety support to the Emory Serious Communicable Diseases Unit (SCDU), which cared for four Ebola patients in 2014.

Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner BVSc, MSc, MPH, MRCVS
Certified Forensic Operator®, Certified Bio-Forensic Restoration Specialist®

Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, Director of GBAC, has more than 25 years of technical experience in emergency management and infectious disease surveillance and response. A veteran of both the Australian and British militaries, Dr. Macgregor-Skinner has worked with U.S. and international governments, United Nations agencies, and the private sector. He currently serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine. Dr. Macgregor-Skinner has appeared on a variety of national and international news outlets to share his expertise on high consequence pathogens such as coronavirus, Ebola, influenza, and Zika.

Jeff Jones
Certified Forensic Operator®, Certified Bio-Forensic Restoration Specialist®

Jeff Jones, GBAC Director of Forensic Restoration, has more than 45 years of forensic restoration field experience. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Jones is one of the founding members of Oklahoma City forensic restoration specialty firm BioSheen Services LLC and BioSheen of Texas. Jones is a past president of the Restoration Industry Association (RIA). He also served on RIA’s forensic council and co-edited the association’s forensic guidelines.

Steve Arehart

Steve Arehart, GBAC Director of Program Management, has more than a decade of environmental health and safety (EHS) experience with a focus on general safety, biosafety, and biorisk management. Prior to joining GBAC, Arehart spent more than six years with American Axle & Manufacturing Inc. as an EHS representative. He holds a degree in biomedical science from Western Michigan University.

Katie Cook

Katie Cook, GBAC Program Manager, holds a bachelor’s degree in public health from the University of Georgia College of Public Health and is currently completing her Master of Business Administration from Louisiana State University. Cook is passionate about helping individuals and facilities develop protocols to maintain healthy environments for employees and the public.

Our Process

A crisis has occurred. What’s next? We understand that biohazard events involve actual loss and threat of great harm to innocent communities. Our team will work with your team to prioritize a high quality of work and a compassionate recovery approach to ensure a comprehensive cleaning and disinfecting process.


We will assess your facility’s preparedness and provide your staff with education and training for biorisk prevention and containment.


Our leaders will help you understand how to assess, contain, monitor and eradicate disease to protect patients, medical providers, and communities at large.


Our team members will develop and implement a recovery plan to get your organization back online, with special attention paid to preventing future crises.

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Agreement between ISSA and Company

This Agreement made this ____ day of ________ 2020 (“Effective Date”) is made by and between the International Sanitary Supply Association, an Illinois non-profit corporation with its principal place of business at 3300 Dundee Road, Northbrook, IL 60062 (hereinafter “ISSA”), and COMPANY, DESCRIPTION, STREET ADDRESS, CITY, STATE (hereinafter “Company”) (collectively referred to as the “Parties” and each individually as a “Party”).

WHEREAS, ISSA is a non-profit trade association that represents the global commercial cleaning industry, and operates a division known as the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (“GBAC”) that provides education, training, certification and consulting services in the field of biorisk assessment, management, clean up and disposal (the “Services”);

WHEREAS, Company is a distributor of commercial cleaning products and supplies that desires to make certain of the Services available to its customers and prospects; and
WHEREAS, ISSA is interested in expanding the sales of its Services by collaborating with Company.

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants and agreements of the Parties herein contained and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged by the Parties, the Parties hereby agree as follows.

Section I

Company Resale of GBAC Fundamentals Online Course

Section II

Company Promotion of GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation Program

Company, at its expense, shall promote the GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation Program (“Program”) to its Clients using commercially reasonable efforts.  In exchange for such referrals, ISSA shall pay to Company a commission based on the registration fees ISSA receives from each Client registered in the Program.  Appendix A, which is hereby incorporated by reference into this Agreement, sets forth the current Program registration fees, commissions, and other terms and conditions that govern the promotion of the Program by Company.

Section III

General Provisions

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have hereunto executed this Agreement as of the date first set forth above.



Print Name


By Company :


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Resale of Course and Promotion of Program by Company

ISSA Course Prices
ISSA Member price$150.00/course
ISSA Member Quantity discount pricing
1-50 Courses$150.00/course
51-100 Courses125.00/course
101-250 Courses100.00/Course
250 + CoursesCustom Pricing
ISSA Non-Member price$300.00/course
RestaurantsUS$5 per occupancy/seat$500-
Hotels$3 per room$500$15,000
Arenas/Stadiums$0.30 per occupancy/seat$500$15,000
All Other Facilities
Under 25,000 sq ft - (Under 2,322 sqm)$500  
25,000-199,999 sq ft - (2,322-18,580 sqm)$1,000  
200,000-499,999 sq ft - (18,581-46,450 sqm)$2,500  
500,000-799,999 sq ft - (46,451-74,322 sqm)$4,000  
800,000-999,999 sq ft - (74,323-92,902 sqm)$6,000  
1MM to 1,999,999 sq ft - (92,903-185,805 sqm)$10,000  
2MM+ sq ft - (185,806+ sqm)$15,000  

*Multi-site portfolios will be priced individually.  Please inquire.

**An enterprise fee will apply to multi-site portfolios with 20 or more facilities. Please inquire for details.

***Each GBAC STAR facility accreditation will include the appropriate number of individual online certifications in the quoted price

****Additional online GBAC Fundamentals certificates above allowance at $150 each

Restaurants1 per 100 seats
Hotels1 per 100 rooms
Arenas1 per $1000 of fee
All Other1 per $1000 of fee