ATLANTA — The Fall Symposium from the Cleaning Industry Research Institute International (CIRI) kicked off this morning at the Georgia Institute of Technology Hotel and Conference Center to a crowded room of curiosity.
The theme of the event, "Cleaning & Disinfection: The Science, Practice & Controversy," is to focus on the profusion and confusion over many new types of disinfectants, sanitizers, antimicrobials and cleaning.
Jim Harris, Sr., chairman of CIRI, claims that actual disinfection does not regularly occur during the cleaning process because contact times are unrealistic and the industry — as a whole — lacks sophistication and the subsequent training and education.
With dozens of presenters, ranging from end users to chemists, the Symposium offers myriad viewpoints in an effort to better detail the role antimicrobials play in our daily lives as custodial and maintenance professionals and how we can wash away poor habits.
It is understood that not everyone can be in attendance, so the two-day event is being recorded to make sharing the vital information easier with the industry at large.