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CIRI release 4.1

April 01, 2011
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The objective of the ISSA - CIRI research and development program for a “Clean Standard for K-12 Schools” is to scientifically determine and measure the cleanliness of school interiors, both surfaces and airborne environments, for the purpose of promoting improved indoor environmental quality for schools nationwide. In this way, the ISSA and CIRI research will validate not only the measurement techniques to evaluate what is “clean” versus soiled, healthy versus unhealthy; but also to permit a realistic and reliable measure of the importance and effectiveness of high performance cleaning products, methods and systems.

As a special, opening presentation at CIRI’s Green Cleaning and Science symposium this April, the keynote speaker Dr. Richard Shaughnessy will present a summary and results of the work to date on a Clean Standard for Schools. Dr. Shaughnessy is the director of indoor air quality research at the University of Tulsa (Okla.). He is well known for his pioneering research on indoor environmental quality, scientific methods and testing. He is one of the research directors leading the CIRI Clean Standard research program for green and healthy schools.

In June 2008 ISSA and CIRI agreed to collaborate on the development of a Clean Standard for K-12 Schools with the goal of supporting and promoting cleaner, healthier and superior indoor environments in schools across the country. The ultimate goal of the Clean Standard is to contribute to an indoor environment that in turn promotes student health and academic performance.

With these goals in mind, ISSA and CIRI developed, and are now implementing, a fully operational plan which includes world class research on clean measurements indoors, the means to achieve cleaner and healthier schools for our nation’s youth, and the development of a clean standard practice, protocol and criteria to accomplish these goals. Integral with this approach, ISSA and CIRI are developing the means to adequately measure the science of clean indoors.

In order to accomplish these goals, ISSA and CIRI recognize that schools must have: rigorous and scientifically valid tools and methods for the measurement of cleaning effectiveness; and the ability to validate the effectiveness of cleaning so that they know with certainty whether the facility is in a state of cleanliness that is conducive to the health of school age children. In addition such scientific methods, qualitative and quantitative, permit school officials, public health specialists, and the cleaning industry to demonstrate, unequivocally, which cleaning methods perform at maximum effectiveness in soil and microbe removal. To date the approach has been an “eyeball” check, or a shiny floor “look” if that, with no science and measureable assessment at all.

The ISSA - CIRI partnership recognizes and plays to the respective strengths of each organization. CIRI and its esteemed team of scientists are conducting the research in support of the Clean Standard. Of particular note, CIRI successfully secured the participation of a major US urban school district that has made its facilities available as the “research laboratory” in which CIRI is conducting its clean standards research and measurement. In turn, ISSA will play a key role in transforming the research into a pragmatic standard and other applications that will emphasize the critical role cleaning plays in maintaining school facilities in a clean and healthy condition that is conducive to the learning process. The CIRI research team is international in scope. It comprised a three university tripartite effort plus an environmental research laboratory, an entire urban school district, and three years of intense work. This consisted of Dr. Richard Shaughnessy and his team at the University of Tulsa, indoor air quality and environmental research specialists. Dr. Shaughnessy also serves as President of ISIAQ, the Int’l. Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate. The ISIAQ triennial international meeting will be held in the USA this June 2011. One of ISIAQ’s foci is implications of green buildings, green design and performance, indoor air chemistry, climate and health. These are similar to CIRI’s theme in setting forth Green cleaning and Science as the first of two 2011 symposiums.

Joining Shaughnessy as co-research manager is Dr. Eugene Cole, Professor of Health Sciences at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. Dr. Shaughnessy will present a detailed overview of this ongoing research and clean standards development. This will be the much anticipated keynote presentation at CIRI’s Green Cleaning and Science symposium, April 27-29, 2011 in Atlanta. CIRI companion research scientists in Europe are soon to be brought in.

Alongside Drs. Shaughnessy and Cole is Dr. Steven Spivak, Professor Emeritus with the University of Maryland, who serves as CIRI’s science project and research manager. Plus an international team of statisticians in the USA and Finland are advising on the project- with experimental design, sampling methods, numerical requirements, data acquisition and analysis coordinated and managed in what is an enormous, highly valuable data base.

The focus of this ISSA and CIRI Clean Standard is schools, youth and healthier educational environments. As such it is inextricably tied to the burgeoning number of schools, school districts and states who are encouraging or requiring environmentally preferable (or “green”) cleaning products and services in public and private schools. One outcome of the CIRI symposium in Atlanta this April 27-29 will be to ascertain how effectively, or not, have been green cleaning approaches, products, contract services, green labeling and certifications in meeting the needs of cleaner and healthier schools.

For more information about the CIRI 2011 Green Cleaning and Science Symposium go to

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