South Florida – The headquarters campus of Sunshine Cleaning Systems in the City of Oakland Park, near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has received the GBAC STAR™ accreditation, the newest designation for facilities that meet strict cleaning and disinfection procedures for handling infectious disease outbreaks, including coronavirus strains such as COVID-19. According to the worldwide cleaning industry association (ISSA)’s Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), which offers the program, Sunshine is one of the first janitorial firms in the United States to receive the designation.
“Our response to this past year’s pandemic,” said Sunshine President and CEO Laura Coenen, “was to make sure our teams are properly trained in the latest procedures for combating infectious disease outbreaks and cleaning techniques for keeping people safe. We also gained the expertise to help our customers secure the new GBAC STAR™ Accreditation and knew we needed to earn it ourselves first.”
Widely accepted by industry leaders as the seal of approval for facilities following strict cleaning and disinfection procedures for handling infectious disease outbreaks, the STAR™ accreditation establishes specific guidelines to assist facilities in their cleaning, disinfecting and infectious disease prevention protocols. The 20-part program includes a facility commitment statement, emergency preparedness and response, facility infection disease prevention practices, a worker health program, and audits and inspections. To date, more than 3,000 facilities around the world have earned this certification, including airports in Palm Beach County and Orlando, and convention centers in Tampa and Orlando. Near the company’s office in North Carolina, certified facilities include the Charlotte airport and convention center and the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
According to the GBAC, “in order to minimize or eliminate the risk of the spread and contamination of infectious diseases, the facility needs to address its in-house requirements (staff) as well as the needs of customers, clients and visitors.”
In addition to the accreditation, numerous members of the Sunshine team have individually completed the GBAC fundamentals course. The association also helps organizations and businesses prepare for, respond to, and recover from other biological threats, biohazard situations and real-time crises.
For more information about how Sunshine can assist your facility in securing the STAR™ designation, visit www.sunclean.com or call 954-772-0884.
Sunshine Cleaning Systems was founded in 1976 by Larry Calufetti, who passed away in 2016. He started the company as a window cleaning service, but quickly expanded to include a wide range of other commercial janitorial services to customers throughout the U.S.
Among its signature offerings are specialty escalator cleaning, Hygienic Clean disinfecting solutions, terrazzo floor care, window cleaning, pressure cleaning, as well as parking lot and roadway sweeping. The company earned with honors the Clean Industry Management Standards for Green Building Criteria (CIMS-GB), which is awarded by the cleaning industry’s global trade association, ISSA. Certified by an independent accredited assessor, this certification indicates that Sunshine has “successfully demonstrated a commitment to the delivery of environmentally preferable services.”
Sunshine has served the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport for the past 34 years and provides disinfecting services for the TSA and janitorial services for the Car Rental Center at the airport. The company also provides janitorial services to the Broward County main library and government center in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Broward College, Nova Southeastern University as well as K-12 schools, restaurants, retailers, offices and athletic facilities.
In addition to the Fort Lauderdale headquarters, the privately held and woman-owned company, has branch offices throughout Florida in Orlando, West Palm Beach, Tampa and Sarasota; as well as in Charlotte, North Carolina.