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August 24, 2011
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The Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) Officially Supports The Cleaning Industry Research Institute International (CIRI) Symposium

Boise ID - The Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) is pleased to officially support the Cleaning Industry Research Institute International (CIRI) Symposium, “Cleaning & Disinfection: The Science, Practice & Controversy,” November 9-11, 2011, Georgia Institute of Technology Hotel and Conference Center, Atlanta GA, via outreach on HFI’s website and other promotion.

“With global infectious diseases multiplying, antimicrobial products are also proliferating (e.g., as of May 2011, there were 661 hospital disinfectant products registered with EPA), along with related environmental, application and health concerns, making this symposium a very timely one indeed,” said Allen Rathey, president of HFI. “The CIRI event is the right prescription to help facility professionals and the cleaning industry as a whole sort out what works from a scientific perspective, including properly framing the issues for discussion and providing context for when and where a chemical versus non-chemical intervention may or may not be appropriate.”

“The science of antimicrobials, disinfectants and cleaning technologies is vital to deciding if, when, why and how to use such in maintaining, caring for, cleaning and/or restoring healthy facilities,” noted Steve Spivak, Ph.D., chairman of CIRI’s Science Advisory Council.

"CIRI is pleased partner with The Healthy Facilities Institute and its founder Allen Rathey in a strategic alliance. Mr. Rathey has long been an innovative, energetic leader in the industry, raising the bar of high performance for healthy environments," said Jim Harris, Sr., Chairman and co-founder of CIRI.

HFI strongly encourages facility management, contractors, field and environmental services personnel to consider attending the event since it will help these key professionals to clear up confusion over the many new and different types of disinfectants, sanitizers and antimicrobials; efficacy of microbial removal methods; innovations in cleaning science and disinfection; federal regulations and registered claims; and cleaning technology – chemical and non-chemical.

For more information on CIRI and to register for this Symposium visit

About HFI

The Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) strives to provide authoritative information for creating and maintaining clean, healthy indoor environments. Since buildings are ecosystems, HFI works to address the many interrelated aspects of built environments — such as air, water, energy, materials and resources, green cleaning, indoor environmental quality, waste management, people and more — as an integrated or holistic system. Inasmuch as “Clean” is a metaphor for healthy indoor spaces, HFI also emphasizes prevention and removal of pollutants or contaminants to help ensure optimum conditions for living, learning and working.

About CIRI Symposiums

CIRI symposiums focus on scientific clarity, truth, reliable documentation, data and analytical research on cleaning and health. Unlike meetings that emphasize marketing, advertising and business promotion, CIRI discourages commercialism and unsubstantiated product promotion at its events. As a 501.c.3, non-profit educational, scientific and research institution, CIRI aims to be unbiased, independent and a unique industry source of cleaning science understanding, measurement and efficacy. For more information on the November 2011 CIRI Symposium, call CIRI at (888) 285-2474, (518) 690-0479, or visit

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