Second Quarter Update – April to June, 2006

Board of Directors Meeting

The new Board of Directors met on June 21 in Chicago. Among the actions taken were:

Election of Officers

The Board unanimously elected the following Officers of the Board to serve through the end of 2007:

  • Jim Harris, Concepts 4 – Chairman
  • Bob Robinson, Kaivac – Chairman Elect
  • Charlie Smith, Tennant – Vice Chairman
  • Humphrey Tyler, CMI – 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 two additional people to be part of the Finance Committee:

  • Patti Costello, ASHES
  • Frank Hurd, CRI

Trade Show Participation

Thanks to generous offers from board members John Garfinkel (ISSA) and Patti Costello (ASHES) for complimentary booth space, the Board agreed to have CIRI participate in two fall tradeshows: the American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services conference in Nashville, and ISSA/INTERCLEAN 2007 in Chicago.

At ASHES, we will have a 10×10 foot booth. In addition, Dr. Michael Berry, chairman of the 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, we have a very full schedule. We will host a 10×20 foot booth during the show. On Thursday, the 5th, Dr. Steven Spivak, a member of our Science Advisory Council, will give an educational presentation from 10:00 am to 11:45 am, and Jim Harris will do an update on CIRI Friday morning at 9:30 am, in a special amphi-theatre that ISSA will erect on the show floor.

Annual Meeting

Because CIRI is still in a start-up mode, the Board decided to combine the CIRI annual meeting with the ISSA/INTERCLEAN show. The meeting is scheduled for Friday, October 6th, from 7:00 am to 9:00am. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us. We will send out additional details and a meeting agenda in the next few weeks.

Green Cleaning Position Policy

Recognizing the importance and impact of ‘green cleaning’ on our industry, the Board felt CIRI needed to establish a formal position on this important topic. The approved policy states:

"The Board of Directors of the Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) recognizes the momentum and importance increasingly being give to eco-sensitive or environmentally friendly aspects of cleaning and restoration, commonly referred to as ‘green cleaning’. We are closely following this trend and in consort with our newly established Science Advisory Council, will be studying the science and technology that underpins green cleaning.

There are, however, additional issues of equal importance upon which CIRI will ultimately base its decisions. First, it is imperative that the focus be on ‘cleaning green’, that is cleaning first, cleaning for health and hygiene, as well as cleaning in a more environmentally friendly manner. The mission of CIRI is to identify sound, scientifically valid knowledge that promotes cleaning. We recognize that some approaches to green cleaning may result in compromises to actual cleaning performance and efficacy as a consequence of environmental considerations.

It is the policy of CIRI to assure that all aspects of cleaning and environmental science become an integral and cost effective driver in deciding what is acceptable for eco-friendly cleaning and restoration.

Toward that end, CIRI reiterates that the emphasis must be on cleaning first and then green; that is, cleaning safely and effectively as well as being environmentally sound. We look to our members and to CIRI’s Science Advisory Council for guidance on this important issue for our collective industries."

A press release on CIRI’s position has been sent to all major industry trade publications.

Science Advisory Council

The Science Advisory Council will be holding its first meeting on August 10 and 11 at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Chairman Mike Berry has established the agenda, which includes a review of the current Science Advisory Program Plan 2006-2007 and determination of the primary work objectives of the Council. In addition, the SAC will review that dozens of questions that have been presented by you, the CIRI members, as important topics for scientific analysis.

Other topics the SAC will cover include:

  • Cleaning Industry and Emerging Issues

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

  • Cleaning Industry Science Needs

          o Definition of clean and cleaning
          o Composition and description of "Cleaning Science"
          o Criteria for credible cleaning science
          o Primary sources of cleaning science information

P&G and Tennant Contribute $100,000 to SAC

P&G Pro Line and Tennant Company have joined ISSA, Kaivac and Shaw as underwriters for the efforts of the SAC. Both companies have agreed to contribute $50,000 to fund SAC activities in 2006 and 2007. Our sincere thanks to these organizations for stepping forward and showing such commitment to the CIRI mission.

This brings our total contributions to $250,000. In all, we will need to raise at least $500,000 for the first 24 months of SAC activities. Therefore, we are looking for five additional sponsors who will contribute $50,000. If you feel your company would be interested in a sponsorship, or know of other companies we should consider, please contact Frank Wiley.

2007 Symposium – Agenda Set

Though it’s still nearly a year off, it’s not too early to begin planning for the 2007 CIRI Symposium and Conference in Las Vegas. The dates are Apr. 30 – May 2 at UNLV. The program will include presentations on submitted papers, presentations by invitation, and panel discussions. A tentative agenda for the meeting is:

  • April 30 – Evening, cocktail party and key note address
  • May 1 – All day working session with papers presented
  • May 2 – Morning presentations and panel discussion

Because this is our first symposium, CIRI will accept papers submitted up to the end of the year. If you know of anyone who may have a paper to contribute, please ask them to contact: Thomas J.A. Jones, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Hotel Management, W.F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89154-6021.

The Symposium proceedings will be published after the event, electronically, and posted on the CIRI website.

New Members

We’re pleased to welcome Doug Bradford, President of The Carpet Cleaner, as our latest CIRI Member. The Carpet Cleaner is a diverse textile maintenance company servicing the Baltimore, Washington DC and Northern Virginia corridor. The company provides customized carpet maintenance plans to suit client needs, no matter how large or small the facility. The Carpet Clean also offers technical assistance to design the program and the IICRC experienced certified technicians to perform the service.