Three Arizona airports recognized for biosecurity measures

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Phoenix Sky Harbor, Phoenix Deer Valley and Phoenix Goodyear airports have become the first general aviation airports in the USA to be recognized by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council’s (GBAC) STAR Facility Accreditation Program.

The program provides outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation for facilities. It represents a high level of achievement within the cleaning industry and includes 20 criteria that a facility must meet in order to be accredited. Facilities must demonstrate that they have established and maintained a cleaning and disinfecting program to minimize risks from infectious diseases; have employed the proper protocols to clean and disinfect facilities; and have staff who are trained for outbreak and infectious disease preparation and response.

“Meeting the highest industry standards is a commitment that Phoenix’s airports consistently work to achieve,” said Phoenix Vice Mayor Thelda Williams, chair of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Innovation Subcommittee. “Earning the GBAC STAR accreditation is the gold standard in a performance-based program and it demonstrates our commitment to safety and preparedness as we build confidence with our passengers, customers and employees in our facilities and procedures.”

Phoenix Sky Harbor, Phoenix Deer Valley and Phoenix Goodyear airports note that throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, they have employed several initiatives to ensure a safe, welcoming and healthy environment for visitors. This includes a robust cleaning program, the installation of plexiglass and UV-C LED sanitizing lights on escalator handrails, and more.

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