The Celebrities Salon Achieves GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation

Salon Blanc is the first salon in the world to earn the prestigious cleaning accreditation

NORTHBROOK, Ill.April 1, 2021—Salon Blanc in Honolulu aims to start a new trend with the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, by being the first salon to earn GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation. Established in 2007 and now known as “The Celebrities Salon,” Salon Blanc’s mission to reimagine the salon experience with a dynamic and evolving space aligned well with GBAC STAR’s program to implement the highest safety and cleanliness practices.

“Salons were some of the first facilities to face the many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, but with the help of GBAC STAR, they can welcome back clients with confidence,” said GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger. “Accredited facilities know how to prepare, respond, and recover from outbreaks and pandemics, which gives the public peace of mind that the places they visit, work, shop, and live in follow the proper cleaning and disinfecting protocols.

This week GBAC STAR also welcomes several large sport facilities, including Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., home to the NFL’s New England Patriots and the MLS’s New England Revolution, just in time for Major League Soccer regular season kicks off on April 17; and ASM Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, home to the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans. Other new facilities include Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Mich.; Grapevine Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas; hotels around the world; and more have also earned GBAC STAR accreditation.

This week’s newly accredited facilities include:


  • Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Commercial Office

  • Partnership Tower in Houston

Convention Center

  • Grapevine Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas


  • Alila SCBD Jakarta in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore
  • Finca Serena Mallorca in Montuiri, Spain
  • Hotel Villa Franca in Positano Salerno, Italy
  • Hyatt House Charlotte Airport in Charlotte, N.C.
  • Hyatt Place Gilbert in Gilbert, Ariz.
  • Hyatt Place Raleigh Cary in Raleigh, N.C.
  • Hyatt Regency Chongming in Shanghai
  • Las Vegas Sands in Las Vegas
  • Legacy Stonebriar Hotel II in Frisco, Texas
  • Park Hyatt Sydney in Sydney
  • Sheraton Stonebriar Hotel in Frisco, Texas

Retail Facility

  • 20 Hudson Yards, The Shops at Hudson Yards in New York


  • Salon Blanc in Honolulu

Stadiums and Arenas

  • ASM Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, home to the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans
  • Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., home to the NFL’s New England Patriots and the MLS’s New England Revolution

“Cleaning will continue to be an important indicator of facilities that are going above and beyond for their customers and employees, both during the pandemic and after,” said ISSA Executive Director John Barrett. “With GBAC STAR accreditation, organizations showcase their knowledge of the latest cleaning, disinfection, and infection prevention procedures to keep everyone safe.”

Learn more and apply for GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation at

Find accredited facilities and those pursuing accreditation via the GBAC STAR Facility Directory at

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

About ISSA

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 or call 800-225-4772 (North America) or 847-982-0800.




For more information about ISSA and GBAC, contact ISSA Associate Director of Communications and Digital Content Graeme Golucki at [email protected]; phone, 847-982-0800.