PenguinCare To Host Opening Event at Cleaning Industry Research Institute’s Health Related Symposium

Washington, DC and Maryland metro areas – (March 6, 2008) – The Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) will be making history June 9-12, 2008. PenguinCare of Upper Marlboro, Maryland will be a major sponsor as CIRI holds its second annual Cleaning Science Conference and Symposium at the University of Maryland. CIRI was created to raise awareness of the importance of cleaning through scientific research. The theme for 2008 is "Cleaning Science and Health: Making the Connection."

The international gathering will focus on cleaning science, health, hygiene, disease prevention and the environment; this in order to demonstrate the vital connection between cleaning and health. There is no other venue as unique as this CIRI symposium in which to learn the latest information and trends on cleaning science, disease transmission and mitigation research, new cleaning methods and their impact on health, hygiene and the environment.

The opening event will be a "meet and greet" reception on the evening of Monday June 9, 2008. This informal but important gathering of scientists, speakers, attendees, business, industry and government is being sponsored by PenguinCare of Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Quoting Robert Cohen, PenguinCare’s President and CEO: "We are pleased to support CIRI in its innovative and pioneering mission to bring science and research to bear on issues of cleaning, health, and the environment. "PenguinCare prides itself on business with a similar mission," notes the well known Bobby Cohen, a past President of ISSA. Continuing, "It’s a logical step for us to sponsor a CIRI cleaning science symposium in the greater Washington DC and Maryland area, especially at the prestigious University of Maryland’s ‘flagship’ institution."

The 2008 CIRI Symposium will be held on the beautiful campus of the University of Maryland. The site is University College and Marriott Inn plus conference center in Adelphi, Maryland, alongside the university’s main College Park campus. This is a short Metro rail trip to College Park from DC, MD or NoVA. There is free shuttle bus service from the College Park metro to campus. Accessible airports include Baltimore-Washington International (BWI), Ronald Reagan National (DCA) or Washington Dulles (IAD) in suburban Virginia.

CIRI’s 2008 Symposium will showcase original studies, current research, case studies, and conceptual papers related to cleaning, science and health. In addition there will be papers that explore methods to measure and quantify the effects of cleaning on health and the environment. Papers from industry and government researchers, academics and scientists plus public health specialists will be presented in order to raise awareness regarding effective cleaning and improved health and wellbeing.

A series of foundation papers and applied research papers on cleaning science fundamentals were the focus of CIRI 2007. These included basics of cleaning terminology, microbial risk reduction and cleaning benefits, cleaning and special environments, cleaning chemistry and technology, testing methods for cleaning technologies, benefits of cleaning, and green cleaning unraveled. These were presented by invited scientists including each of CIRI’s Science Advisory Council. A summary from Dr. Michael Berry of the findings of that assessment with suggestions for future foci and needed research efforts is posted on the website at

A set of CIRI 2007 presentation videos and coordinated PowerPoint notes are available for PayPal download and DVD purchase. Watch CIRI’s web page for details. Work is also progressing to excerpt the 2007 cleaning science foundation papers as information releases for the jan san, facilities care, cleaning and restoration industries.

James Harris, Sr. of Concepts 4 Cleaning Consultants, Albany, New York is serving as Chairman of CIRI, 2006-2008. Dr. Steven Spivak, engineering Professor Emeritus with the University of Maryland, chairs the CIRI Science Advisory Council (SAC). Dr. Spivak is also Technical Advisor with the Restoration Industry Association, RIA, Columbia, Maryland.

The CIRI 2008 Cleaning Science and Health symposium schedule is as follows:

June 9, Monday: Welcome Reception 6-8PM and sponsored by PenguinCare
June 10, Tuesday: Symposium opening, Keynote Speaker, sessions 8AM-5PM
June 11, Wednesday: Symposium sessions 8AM-5PM
June 12, Thursday: Symposium sessions 8AM-Noon ends midday.

Editors/Small-Business Reporters: Science Team/presenters are available for interviews.
Contact Larry Cooper, 303-469-0306 x102 to set up times and dates.