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ISSA release 7.30

July 30, 2012

IEHA''s Risinger and HFI''s Rathey Appointed to ISSA Clean Standard: K-12 Stakeholder Committee

Westerville OH – Beth Risinger, Executive Director of IEHA and Allen Rathey, President of the Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) have been selected to serve on the ISSA Clean Standard: K-12 Stakeholder Committee comprised of more than 60 organizations tasked with reviewing the work of the 27-member Clean Standard Development Committee as well as to provide input and feedback on various draft versions of the standard.

The Clean Standard for K-12 schools - the first science-based cleaning standard - will promote clean and healthy indoor environments in educational facilities across the nation to the benefit of children’s learning experiences.

“It is a privilege to serve on this committee of such noteworthy individuals and organizations dedicated to helping make schools cleaner and healthier,” said Beth Risinger, IEHA’s Executive Director and CEO. “We are excited to see this ground-breaking Clean Standard reaching the final stages of development, and are honored to be reviewing it and providing input.”

“The K-12 Clean Standard is one of the most important developments in our industry to come along in many years, and it is a privilege to be asked to be involved and to comment on its final development,” said Allen Rathey, President of HFI.

According to ISSA, the Stakeholder Committee provides an added layer of review to ensure the standard is actionable and easily implemented by cleaning service providers and that it achieves the goal of cleaner and healthier educational facilities.

A 27-member Development Committee comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders from the educational, facilities management, and cleaning industries will review the research data and specify quantitative and qualitative levels of cleaning acceptable in the standard. The committee will also specify measurement methods and the management and technical skills necessary to implement the standard. The Clean Standard: K-12 will be performance-oriented (i.e., focused on results) and nonprescriptive (i.e., not favoring any particular cleaning products or processes).

For more information on the development of the Clean Standard: K-12, visit or contact Bill Balek at; phone, 800-225-4772 (North America) or 847-982-0800.

About IEHA
IEHA is a 3,500-plus professional member organization for persons who direct cleaning, maintenance, housekeeping, groundskeeping, safety and/or indoor environmental programs in commercial, industrial or institutional facilities. The organization was founded in New York City in 1930, and is now located in Westerville, Ohio, a suburb of the State’s capitol, Columbus. IEHA provides its members with an array of professional development, educational, certification and career opportunities. For more information, 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 ISSA
The leading trade association for the cleaning industry worldwide, ISSA has a membership that includes more than 6,000 distributor, manufacturer, manufacturer representative, building service contractor, in-house service provider, and associated service members. In its role as the worldwide cleaning industry association, ISSA is helping its members change the way the world views cleaning – promoting it as an investment in human health, the environment, and an improved bottom line.

ISSA offers the industry’s largest cleaning shows, produced in conjunction with its trade show partner Amsterdam RAI, under the brand name ISSA/INTERCLEAN, the popular ISSA Web site, educational products, industry standards, periodicals, purchasing tools, and legislative and regulatory services that specifically focus on the professional cleaning industry.

The association is headquartered in Lincolnwood, Il., USA, with regional offices in Amsterdam, Netherlands; Leicester, United Kingdom; Monterrey, México; and Shanghai, China. ISSA also works with more than 75 associations, alliances, and government agencies around the world to represent the cleaning industry. For more information, visit