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ISSA release 10.18

October 18, 2013

ISSA Releases First Science-Based Clean Standard for K-12

LINCOLNWOOD, IL — ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association today released a new standard industry professionals can use when working in or with K-12 schools to promote a cleaner and healthier indoor environment to benefit children’s learning experiences. The ISSA Clean Standard: K-12 establishes steps for objectively assessing the effectiveness of cleaning processes in an educational facility. Additional versions of the standard for other facility types will be available in 2014.  
“ISSA is pleased to launch yet another tool that supports our overall goal of changing the way the world views cleaning,” said ISSA Executive Director John Garfinkel. “In the face of difficult budget cuts and a misunderstanding of the importance cleaning has in the success of student education, our members and the schools they work with can use science to help make the case for proper cleaning.”
Based on the philosophy of “Clean, Measure, Monitor,” and with an emphasis on high-performance cleaning, the Clean Standard: K-12 focuses on:
•       The desired levels of cleanliness that can reasonably be achieved;
•       Recommended monitoring and inspection procedures to measure the effectiveness of cleaning
•       How to use the measurement and inspection results to assess and improve cleaning processes and products, ultimately resulting in a clean, healthy, and safe learning environment.
Assessing cleaning effectiveness can help improve the process and ensure that the desired level of cleanliness is achieved and maintained at school facilities. This is especially important in light of the growing body of evidence that concludes that improved hygiene in schools results in reduced illnesses and reduced absenteeism.

“The Clean Standard: K-12 is a wonderful sales tool that will help differentiate our products and processes in a credible and objective manner based on their superior cleaning effectiveness,” said Jon Scoles, president, Scoles Floorshine Industries.

ISSA will provide a variety of education and tools to help members use the standard in educational facilities. Free “how-to” guides are available to help industry professionals implement the recommended steps to measure, monitor, and adjust processes. To download the standard and accompanying guides, visit

ISSA will host a free Webinar November 4, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. (CT) to help members understand how they can use the standard with school decision-makers. To register, visit There also will be a session, November 18, at 11 a.m., as part of the ISSA Convention Seminars program held during ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America 2013, November 18-21, in Las Vegas, NV. Read more at
Licenses also are available for third-parties interested in providing training on how to measure cleanliness based on the standard. To learn more about offering training, contact David Schweizer at or 800-225-4772 (North America) or 847-982-0800.
The standard was developed through a consensus-based process including experts representing all sectors of the cleaning industry, such as:
•       The Healthy Schools Campaign
•       The National Association of State Boards of Education
•       The American Federation of Teachers
•       Manufacturers and distributors of cleaning products
•       Contract cleaning service providers focused in this market
•       Industry consultants
•       Academia.
It is based on multi-year scientific research guided by the independent Cleaning Industry Research Institute’s (CIRI) Science Advisory Panel.  The study involved thousands of measurements taken with ATP (adenosine triphosphate) measurement systems from high-touch surfaces recognized as posing health risks in schools (i.e.: student desks, cafeteria tables, and restroom sinks and stall doors).  The ATP measurements were conducted in numerous schools across the United States to account for potential geographic or climatic variations.
The award-winning ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America is the only trade show where executives come together from all segments of the jansan industry to do business and gather information to better manage distribution companies, building services companies, and facility management departments.
ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, and its trade show partner, Amsterdam RAI, produce ISSA/INTERCLEAN shows around the world. ISSA also hosts more than 40 educational seminars and networking opportunities in conjunction with ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America. For more information, visit Upcoming events include:
•      ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America: Las Vegas, NV, USA November 18-21, 2013
•      ISSA/INTERCLEAN Amsterdam: Amsterdam, Netherlands, May 6-9, 2014
•      ISSA/INTERCLEAN Latin America: Mexico City, Mexico, February 25-27, 2015
•      ISSA/INTERCLEAN Central & Eastern Europe: Warsaw, Poland, April 22-24, 2015

About ISSA
As the leading trade association for the cleaning industry worldwide, ISSA is committed to helping its more 6,100 members change the way the world views cleaning. The association provides its members with the business tools they need to promote the vision that cleaning is an investment in human health, the environment, and an improved bottom line. For more resources developed in ISSA’s efforts to increase the appreciation for cleaning, visit, or call 800-255-4772 (North America) or 847-982-0800.