Officials of the newly established Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) will convene in Chicago the first week of March to define the Institute’s bylaws, structure, and membership requirements.
The CIRI Host Committee — Jim Harris, president, Concepts IV; Humphrey Tyler, president, NTP Media, which operates Cleaning Management Institute® (CMI); and Frank Wiley, president, Magnitude Marketing, representing Castle Rock Industries, Inc. (CRI) — joins the newly appointed, 26-member Steering Committee to hit on the following three topics:
- CIRI’s mission and vision — what members and officials hope to accomplish.
- Structure of membership — how to become members, membership fees, and appointing of a board of directors.
- How the Institute will be funded — possible development of a charter to present at a June meeting.
The Steering Committee is charged with creating the bylaws and organizational structure for CIRI, helping further define its focus on the science of cleaning and hygiene, and mapping its course in working with government in the development of industry cleaning standards.
Wiley said CIRI officials are planning a major meeting for June 2005 that will invite hundreds of building cleaning and maintenance leaders to officially introduce and launch the Institute.Opening lines of communication
Since the establishment of the CIRI Steering Committee in December, Wiley said several of its members have opted in to an electronic forum via a listserv, where CIRI officials can post messages, and members can exchange ideas, i.e. preliminary discussions before the March meeting.For the benefit of all
Wiley said CIRI intends to generate research that will help all areas of the JanSan industry, raising both industry and public awareness about cleaning and maintenance issues.
A key example of the importance of industry awareness is the overlooking of cleaning and maintenance professionals from January’s Surgeon General’s Workshop on Healthy Indoor Environment, at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
During the workshop, Dr. Jonathan Samet, professor and chairman, Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University, cited a lack of data supporting the importance of cleaning and maintaining a healthy indoor environment, and urged the JanSan industry to collaborate with other industries and to provide partial funding for future research.
Wiley said CIRI intends to help institute such projects.