Health & Safety Protocols

2021 GBAC Star Facility PNG.pngThe Reno event facilities managed by ASM Global have achieved Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation. Under the guidance of GBAC, a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, the RSCVA and its operating partner ASM Global have implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno Events Center, National Bowling Stadium and the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center.

As the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation, GBAC STAR™ helps organizations establish protocols and procedures, offers expert-led training, and assesses a facility’s readiness for biorisk situations. The program verifies that the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno Events Center, National Bowling Stadium, and the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center implement best practices to prepare for, respond to and recover from outbreaks and pandemics.

To achieve GBAC STAR™ accreditation, RSCVA and ASM Global Reno were required to demonstrate compliance with the program’s 20 core elements, which range from standard operating procedures and risk assessment strategies to personal protective equipment and emergency preparedness and response measures.

ASM Global has also implemented environmental hygiene protocol in response to evolving guest expectations, stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. VenueShield, a comprehensive and best-in-class program, will be deployed at more than 325 ASM Global facilities around the world, including the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno Events Center, National Bowling Stadium and the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center.

ASM Global’s VenueShield Task Force will be implementing new protocols and procedures, in accordance with international health care guidelines from the CDC, NHS, PHAA and WHO, among others. These extensive measures will explore the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), food safety measures, air quality control, surface cleaning, physical/social distancing, temperature checks, thermal cameras, hand sanitizers, reduced touch points, contactless transactions, daily monitoring systems, and more.

Additionally, ASM has proactively partnered, and will further consult, with leading subject matter experts, health officials and industry leaders in the areas of industrial hygiene, sanitization and fulfillment to consult on all facets of the VenueShield program. Specific consultants have been hired to assist with more technical aspects of the protocol like air purification, filtering and the maximization of fresh air exchange.

Health and safety protocols include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Separate and controlled entrances and exits will be operated during events
  • Events scheduled will be staggered to reduce person-to-person contact
  • HVAC system is set at 100% fresh air circulation from one hour before and one hour following events
  • Event booths, presentation areas and displays will be set up to encourage safe social distancing

Reno event facilities have equipment and signage throughout to ensure the health and safety of event attendees, including:

  • 12 infrared thermometers
  • 54 hand sanitizer stations
  • Packs of hand sanitizer wipes for staff and attendees
  • 8 backpack sprayers
  • More than 380 Thank You for Covering Your Face floor signs
  • More than 380 Thank You for Social Distancing floor signs
  • More than 190 Sanitize Your Hands floor signs

Read more about the current guidelines, and the Governor’s updated guidelines related to larger event venues, at Nevada Health Response. Find information on COVID-19 testing and vaccines at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, on the Regional Information Center website.

For the latest information on the coronavirus, please see the CDC's Website