IAEE and GBAC expand partnership to add infection disease awareness education for eventprofs

The Global Biorisk Advisory Council™(GBAC), a division of ISSA (the trade association for the cleaning industry), 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 programme 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 programme 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. “With this new course offering, exhibitors, show organisers, 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).

“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. For more information, visit learn.iaee.com.