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Phase one of research for K-12 schools clean standard complete

August 17, 2009
LINCOLNWOOD, IL — ISSA and its research partner, the Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI), have completed Phase I of their research — consisting of laboratory and limited field testing in 70 schools and two day-care facilities — to determine the best methodologies and measurement systems that ultimately will form the foundation for a clean standard for K-12 schools, according to a press release.
The ISSA-funded research is designed to determine which currently available measurement devices are most effective for practical field use in schools by industry professionals in determining whether a facility is "clean" and therefore in a state that is conducive to the health of students, the release stated.
ISSA Director of Legislative Affairs Bill Balek said: "Based on the research conducted to date, ISSA is confident that this project will produce a scientific-based, pragmatic standard that will significantly improve the quality of the learning environment for students in K-12 schools across the nation and that will also provide ISSA members with a valuable tool that will help them succeed in today’s demanding and increasingly more health conscious marketplace."
According to the release, results from Phase I research, which consisted of both lab and field testing in schools, suggest that adenosine triphosphate (ATP) measuring devices appear to be a promising and appropriate approach to detecting significant differences between "dirty" and "clean" surfaces in schools.
ISSA will host multiple sessions at ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America 2009 — October 6-9, in Chicago, IL — addressing its K-12 research progress in more detail, the release noted.
The goal of this three-year research project is the cooperative development of a science-based clean standard for K-12 schools that will be the springboard for industry data, training, measurement and certification programs, the release added.
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