IAEE and GBAC Expand Partnership to Add Infection Disease Awareness Education for Events Professionals

ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Global Biorisk Advisory Council™ (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, and the International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE) are expanding their partnership to include GBAC’s Infection Disease Awareness Course in IAEE’s Certified in Exhibition Management® (CEM) Learning Program for exhibition and events professionals.

IAEE will offer the Infection Disease Awareness Course from GBAC Academy, designed to increase participants’ knowledge of infectious disease basics, including how they spread and how people become sick. The course will supplement the Security, Risk, and Crisis Management module within the CEM Learning Program curriculum.

“IAEE’s partnership with GBAC began in 2020 and has been instrumental in helping exhibition and event professionals feel confident in managing the challenges of not only the COVID-19 pandemic but any infectious diseases that may emerge,” said IAEE President and CEO David DuBois, CMP-F, CAE, FASAE, CTA. “With this new course offering, exhibitors, show organizers, and attendees can remain confident in their health and safety at these essential in-person events.”

The GBAC Infection Disease Awareness Course is approximately 30 minutes, and covers the following:

  • Increase awareness on the chain of infection
  • The importance of infectious disease or communicable disease prevention programs in the workplace
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Risk assessment
  • The hierarchy of control
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE).

Individuals who successfully complete the course within 30 days will receive a Certificate of Completion from GBAC. This course brings increased value to participants’ employers and customers because it demonstrates competence to carry out their responsibilities and their commitment to the standards of excellence and continuous learning.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with IAEE while educating events professionals on the intricacies of safe in-person events,” said GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger. “As the world enters the post-COVID-19 pandemic phase, it’s more important than ever to remain diligent in health and safety efforts.”

The GBAC Infection Disease Awareness Course is offered in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Simplified Chinese, and Haitian Creole. Through the IAEE Referral Program, members of IAEE will receive ISSA membership pricing. For more information, visit learn.iaee.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, infectious disease and biological material 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.

About IAEE
Trusted since 1928, IAEE provides quality and value to its members through leadership, service, education, and strong relationships. IAEE is the largest association of the exhibitions and events industry in the world, with a membership of show organizers, exhibitors, and exhibition suppliers. Organizers of more than 20,000 exhibitions and buyer-seller events around the world are members of IAEE, and the organization advocates and promotes the awareness of face-to-face exhibitions and events as the primary medium for business development and growth. IAEE provides relevant, timely, and innovative education to its members and the industry. IAEE recognizes its strategic partners: 4imprint, Buttine Exhibition Insurance, Convention News Television (CNTV), New Orleans & Company, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Personify – A2Z Events, and Synchronicities (Visit Anaheim, Visit Baltimore, and Visit San Antonio) and Swapcard. Visit iaeewebstg.wpenginepowered.com for more information.

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 Milan, Italy; 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 about GBAC, contact ISSA Director of Communications Jill Nuppenau at jilln@issa.com; phone, +1 847-982-0800 Ext. 1367.

For more information about IAEE and the CEM Learning Program, contact IAEE Senior PR and Communications Manager, Mary Tucker at mtucker@iaee.com; phone +1 972-687-9226.

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