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JanSan research institute making its presence felt

September 19, 2010

The Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) — an independent institute that fosters research into the benefits of cleaning and building maintenance — is beginning to make its presence felt in the professional cleaning and maintenance industry.

CIRI, founded in 2005 with a goal of raising the awareness of the importance of cleaning through scientific research, has:

  • Approved the unanimous election of a four-member executive committee at its board meeting on June 21 in Chicago.
  • Announced an expanded presence at two upcoming major industry trade shows — the American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES) conference in Nashville, TN, Sept. 24-28, and ISSA/INTERCLEAN 2006 in Chicago, Oct. 4-7.
  • Recognized the importance of green cleaning to the professional cleaning industry and issued a formal position that calls for the emphasis on cleaning first, and then green cleaning; that is, cleaning safely and effectively as well as being environmentally sound.
  • Had its Science Advisory Council review the current Science Advisory Program Plan 2006-07 and make a determination of the primary work objectives and topics for scientific analysis for 2007.
  • Set a tentative agenda for the first CIRI Symposium and Conference that will be held April 30-May 2, 2007, at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
  • Welcomed Doug Bradford, president of The Carpet Cleaner, as its newest member.

Executive committee named
CIRI solidified its base as an effective organization by electing four of its board members to its executive committee when the board of directors met June 21 in Chicago.

The board unanimously elected the following officers to serve through the end of 2007:

  • Jim Harris, Concepts 4 — Chairman
  • Bob Robinson, Kaivac — Chairman-elect
  • Charlie Smith, Tennant — Vice Chairman
  • Humphrey Tyler, Cleaning Management Institute — Secretary/Treasurer

In their new roles, these officers will make up the executive committee for CIRI, as well as serve on the finance committee.

The board also appointed Patti Costello of ASHES and Frank Hurd from the Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI) to the finance committee.

Trade show participation
Thanks to offers from board members John Garfinkel (ISSA) and Costello (ASHES), CIRI has agreed to participate in two fall trade shows — the American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services conference in Nashville and ISSA/INTERCLEAN 2006 in Chicago.

At both trade shows, and for the first time in CIRI’s history, the research institute will have informational booths.

In addition, at ASHES, Dr. Michael Berry, chairman of CIRI’s Science Advisory Council, will present a paper on the Science of Cleaning, as well as participate in a panel discussion on green cleaning.

At ISSA/INTERCLEAN 2006, Dr. Steven Spivak, a member of the CIRI Science Advisory Council, will give an educational presentation and Jim Harris, CIRI board chairman, will present an update on the organization for trade show participants in a special amphitheater on the show floor.

The ISSA/INTERCLEAN 2006 trade show also will host CIRI’s annual meeting on Friday, Oct. 6.

Green cleaning position
Recognizing the importance of green cleaning to the professional cleaning industry, CIRI recently announced a formal position on the topic that emphasized cleaning first, and then green cleaning; that is, cleaning safely and effectively as well as being environmentally sound.

Recognizing the importance increasingly given to green cleaning, CIRI’s board of directors noted that some approaches to green cleaning may result in compromises to actual cleaning performance and efficacy as a consequence of environmental considerations.

According to the board of directors, CIRI’s mission will continue to attempt to identify sound, scientifically valid knowledge that promotes cleaning in general and the organization will look to its members and its Science Advisory Council for guidance on green cleaning.

Science Advisory Council
CIRI’s Science Advisory Council held its first meeting Aug. 10-11 at the University of North Carolina.

The council reviewed the current Science Advisory Program Plan 2006-07 and determined the primary work objectives of the council, discussing topics for scientific analysis.

Two other topics the council covered included:

Cleaning industry and emerging issues

  • Demand for effective cleaning and professionalism.
  • Cleaning and science-based decision-making.
  • Science, junk science, and marketing claims.
  • Emerging health issues related to cleaning.
  • Efficacy-product testing and cleaning systems evaluation.

Cleaning industry science needs

  • Definition of clean and cleaning.
  • Composition and description of cleaning science.
  • Criteria for credible cleaning science.
  • Primary sources of cleaning science information.

2007 symposium agenda set
CIRI announced it will be accepting scientific papers until the end of 2006 for its first CIRI Symposium and Conference.

The CIRI Symposium and Conference will be held April 30-May 2 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The program, headed by Thomas J.A. Jones, associate professor in the UNLV Department of Hotel Management, will include presentations on submitted scientific papers, presentations by invitation, and panel discussions.

CIRI membership grows
Doug Bradford, president of The Carpet Cleaner is the newest member to join the CIRI organization.

The Carpet Cleaner is a diverse textile maintenance company servicing the Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia corridor.

The addition of The Carpet Cleaner brings CIRI membership to 32.


Jim Fazzone is senior editor of the CM B2B Trade Group and of CM/Cleaning & Maintenance Management® magazine. He can be reached at jfazzone@ntpmedia.com.