CIRI Symposium Is A Success – Cleaning Science Symposium Identifies Potential of Clean Standards

Las Vegas, NV – (May 8, 2007) – The Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) today announced that 114 leading scientists, academicians, manufacturers, BSCs and facility service providers attended its first Cleaning Science Symposium at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). As the symposium progressed, a consensus began to build among the attendees about the potential to develop accurate and measurable standards for cleaning.

"This is the cleaning industry’s first-ever science symposium and we’re thrilled by the response," noted Jim Harris, CIRI’s Chairman of the Board. "We had an international audience, with representatives from all areas of the industry. We also reached outside of jan/san, with attendees from government, healthcare and new markets such as measurement technologies."

This year’s conference focused on The State of Cleaning Science and included presentations from two types of papers. The first was a series of "foundation" papers created by the CIRI Science Advisory Council (SAC) identifying the latest information available on cleaning science. The second was a series of papers from industry and academic researchers evaluating different aspects of the cleaning process.

One foundation paper, presented by SAC member Dr. Gene Cole, provided an overview of measurement technology and identified a number of new devices that allow for accurate and immediate feedback. During panel discussions, questions were raised about the possibility of using these devices to identify levels of clean in different environments, such as homes, hospitals and schools. Both the panel of SAC members and the participants acknowledged that such standards could be developed, if the industry was willing to provide the funding and commitment.

As one participant from a university stated, "I walked away from this Symposium with a renewed appreciation for implementing quantitative measurement processes as a means to assess quality assurance. All of the current methods that are used to gauge success/failure are not based on scientific data."

This sentiment was echoed by many others. A government representative said, "Fantastic! A wonderful beginning to defining cleaning industry guidelines. I’m looking forward to CIRI #2." Another said, "I loved the passion for cleaning. Whatever happens, let’s get a clean standard done!" A manufacturer noted, "A good, comprehensive and well-run program which created within me a greater appreciation of the gigantic challenge and opportunity which confronts the industry today."

In the end, two other participants summed it up well: "Fabulous! The beginning of a journey…" "A great start! Let’s do it again."

All of the SAC foundation presentations were videotaped and will soon be available to download from the CIRI website. The foundation papers include:

  • The Science of Cleaning – Dr. Michael Berry, SAC Member
  • Cleaning and Special Environments – Dr. Gene Cole, SAC Member
  • Microbial Risk Reduction – Dr. Elizabeth Scott, SAC Member
  • The Chemistry of Cleaning – Dr. Marilyn Black, SAC Member
  • Testing of Cleaning Technology – Carey Mitchell, SAC Adjunct Advisor
  • The Benefits of Cleaning – Dr. Michael Berry
  • Measurement of Cleaning Effectiveness – Dr. Gene Cole
  • Green Cleaning – a Multifaceted Approach – Dr. Steven Spivak, SAC Chair