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University puts cleaning measurement to the test

April 05, 2010
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SEATTLE – The University of Washington is starting to receive national interest for testing and measuring surface contamination in its 320 restrooms on the Seattle campus, according to an article from University Week.
In an effort to promote a safer environment for people to work, live, learn and play in, there is a new trend in the cleaning industry that has been evolving in recent years — using science to determine cleanliness and the presence of living organisms.
Currently, this university''s Custodial Services management team is testing for the presence of organic matter on "touch surfaces" of test areas, such as faucet handles and towel dispenser handles, stated the article.
According to the article, these tests are part of a pilot study that uses Integrated Cleaning and Measurement (ICM) procedures.
In a video, offered by Kaivac Cleaning Systems™, Past President of APPA Alan Bigger discusses how measurement and scientific testing can help the cleaning industry promote a safer environment and a defense against cross contamination.
The University of Washington is the first university in the country to use ICM''s system and its forward-thinking attitude has gained national interest, including the cover of Executive Housekeeping Today''s March issue, reported the article.
"We were asked to be part of the pilot study," said Gene Woodard, director of custodial services. "We did some similar testing back in 2004 and we have a reputation for being thorough."
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