Organization Offering Complete Workspace Solutions Helps Protect Tenants’ Health and Wellness with the GBAC STAR Accreditation
ROSEMONT, Ill.—July 27, 2022—Leading office services and flexible workspace provider, Office Space in Town® (OSiT), has achieved GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council™ (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, at its five London, England, locations. The accreditation validates that each office location has achieved the gold standard of workspace cleaning and hygiene. The OSiT properties in London that have achieved GBAC STAR accreditation are Blackfriars, Liverpool Street, Monument, St Paul’s, and Waterloo.
Through an environmental, social, and governance (ESG) pledge, OSiT is committed to improving operations to meet the highest standard of environmental care. Achieving GBAC STAR accreditation and championing workspace cleanliness is an extension of OSiT’s ESG efforts.
“By achieving GBAC STAR, OSiT continues to evolve and grow their ESG strategy by investing in the highest standards in indoor cleanliness,” said GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger. “As offices around the world return to in-person work, it’s imperative that employees feel confident in the cleanliness, safety, and resilience of their workplace. This third-party, international accreditation offers OSiT employees and guests the peace of mind they’ve come to expect after the global pandemic.”
The last two years have brought increased scrutiny to the hygiene practices of offices. In fact, OSiT’s own survey from June 2021 identified a clear worker wish list for a return to the office in which workplace cleanliness featured prominently: hand sanitizer at desks (56%), sneeze screens (48%), temperature checks on arrival (40%), and enhanced cleaning measures (36%).
GBAC STAR accreditation is a way that organizations can demonstrate to occupants and visitors that their facilities are taking the necessary precautions for today’s challenges and achieving this accreditation will give OSiT’s clients and staff confidence in the hygiene levels of its locations.
As part of the accreditation, OSiT demonstrated it has excellent cleaning procedures in place and detailed how it monitors this through audits and risk assessments. OSiT worked closely with its cleaning partner, Office Space Cleaning and Facilities Management (OSCFM), to ensure all cleaners and contractors were trained in proper cleaning procedures and health and safety protocols. OSiT also documented its worker health program as an accreditation requirement.
“We are extremely proud that all of our London centers now have GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation,” said OSiT CEO Niki Fuchs. “OSiT has always placed workplace hygiene and employee health as the number one priority in both the designing and maintenance of its centers, so it is fantastic to obtain accreditation from GBAC validating that our practices meet the gold standard. We look forward to continuing this work and ensuring centers’ cleanliness remains at the highest level possible.”
“OSCFM is delighted to have assisted OSiT in its achievement of GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation at all of its London centers,” said OSCFM Managing Director James Carver. “We are proud to be OSiT’s hygiene partner and that the training of our cleaners and contractors meets the high demands of this award.”
About Office Space in Town
Office Space in Town was founded in 2009 by Giles and Niki Fuchs and builds on the 40-year heritage of the Fuchs family in serviced offices. The company, one of the UK’s most experienced serviced office providers, combines distinctive corporate offices with exceptional business support services across London, Northampton, and Cardiff. The company’s largest presence is in London where it currently operates six serviced offices across prime locations in the capital, including Liverpool Street, Monument, St Paul’s and Farringdon, Waterloo and Blackfriars. For more information, visit: www.officespaceintown.com
About Office Space Cleaning Facilities Management
Office Space Cleaning (OSC) was born from a need to provide a high-quality and good service within Commercial Cleaning and Facilities Management. Catering for medium to large organizations, the business deals primarily with multi-tenanted buildings where security and a wide scope of services are paramount. With over 30 years’ experience in outsourced services and commercial property development the senior management team understands the importance of the ‘customer experience’. For more information, visit: https://www.oscfm.com.
About GBAC, a Division of ISSA
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 and service accreditation programs, training and certification of individuals and consulting for building owners and facility managers. For more information, visit www.gbac.org.
With more than 10,500 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 Rosemont, 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.
For more information, contact ISSA Director of Communications Jill Nuppenau at [email protected]; phone, 847-982-0800 Ext. 1367.