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Textile Services Association The Textile Services Association (TSA) has joined the British Cleaning Council (BCC) as an associate member.

The TSA is the trade association for the textile care services industry, which contributes over £1.3bn in GVA and supports 28,000 jobs in the UK economy. It has become the 22nd member of the BCC, in a move which benefits and strengthens both organisations.

Paul Thrupp, BCC Chairman, said: “I am delighted that the TSA has joined the BCC and I very warmly welcome them. Working together with the TSA makes the BCC and the whole cleaning and hygiene sector that much stronger. It’s important that the cleaning and hygiene sector pulls together to present a unified front if we are to make our collective voice heard as loudly as possible.

“Textile services is a significant sector of the economy. There are also considerable synergies with the cleaning and hygiene sector as represented by our members, particularly in the health and hospitality sectors.

“The TSA’s work lobbying the Government to move towards multi-use gowns for healthcare is something that dovetails well with the work of our members on the environmental agenda and their work on skills also supports our drive to create an accredited training and apprenticeship. We

have many issues of mutual interest and I look forward to collaborating in the future.”

The TSA’s membership represents commercial laundries in several sectors and textile rental businesses serving the hotel and hospitality, healthcare and workwear markets.

The TSA's CEO, David Stevens, said: “We are delighted to join the BCC and work collectively with so many like-minded organisations. We have so many harmonised agenda points I think the collective power of the BCC can help drive these topics to key decision makers in the Government.

“I see real benefits for our membership and improved momentum on some of our key project areas, such as training, linen recycling and energy efficiency incentives such as the climate change agreement.

“As a relatively small trade association, it’s always difficult to get the space on the lobbying platform but working with the BCC will be a great way of sharing and supporting a single message for all members’ benefit.”

GBAC takes us out to the ball game

The Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, has announced that a number of Major League Baseball (MLB) facilities have achieved GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation.

The accredited facilities are Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, FL, home to the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals during spring training; American Family Field in Milwaukee, WI, home to the Milwaukee Brewers; Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, OH, home to the Cincinnati Reds; and T-Mobile Park in Seattle, WA, home of the Seattle Mariners.

GBAC Executive Director. Patricia Olinger, said: “GBAC is proud to be working closely with many MLB stadiums so their teams know how to prepare, respond, and recover from infectious disease risks. Spectators, players, and employees can rest assured that accredited facilities prioritise cleanliness at every opportunity to enable safer sports.”

With the MLB regular season returning on 1 April, many fans will have been wondering what a day at the ballpark will be like this season. These stadiums join Oracle Park in San Francisco, home of the San Francisco Giants, in completing the performance-based program, with four other stadiums currently in the process of accreditation.

Accredited facilities follow GBAC STAR’s strict 20-step program, which includes the proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques, and best practices to combat

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biohazards and infectious diseases, such as the novel coronavirus (SARS- CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19.

Target Center in Minneapolis and

Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, both with seating capacity for nearly 20,000 attendees, also join the list of newly accredited stadiums and arenas. Additionally, GBAC STAR welcomes another airport to its growing list, Portland International Airport, among other facilities this week.

Other facilities also recently achieving GBAC STAR accreditation include numerous Hyatt properties, The Earth School in Kigali, Rwanda, Roosevelt Shops Collection in Chicago, IL, Colliers International Columbia in Bogota, Columbia, and Lotte Hotel Moscow in Moscow, Russia.

ISSA Executive Director, John Barrett, added: “GBAC STAR accredited facilities have the proper procedures, training, chemistry, equipment, tools, personal protective equipment, and infection control in place. Organisations around the world, including many professional sports venues, have found value in the program and are making facilities safer for everyone who walks through their doors.”

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