The Microbiome and its impact on Cleaning, Contracting and the Restoration Sciences

CIRI science and research joins with the IICRC leading the way by explaining a major new trend and its impact on business strategy and hygiene practices in cleaning science and disaster restoration.

A collaborative effort combining the intellectual forces with this special science symposium add-on during the afternoon of Aug 11, 2017, Big Sky resort, Montana, USA.


Microorganisms are a normal part of our world ecology. In and on our bodies, we support the lives of billions of bacteria and sometimes other microbes. We live in this happy symbiosis with these bacteria as a giant walking and breathing ecosystem, and in fact many of these bacteria are essential to our normal health and functioning. Science is now understanding that so many of our human ‘diseases’ occur when the normal bacterial patterns are disrupted. Implications are real for human hygiene and health in the face of future “Superbug” or anti-microbial resistant pathogens.


It is imperative that restoration and remediation specialists, plus cleaning science, facilities contractors and health practitioners understand this “Human Microbiome” approach and its impact on business models and field practices. This ½ day seminar with IICRC shall provide such an introduction and overview. Plus, it will highlight specific new research and practical examples of how we must factor the microbiome into our business and new opportunities.


All About the Microbiome, Human Health and Hygiene and Your Business Model

Gut health is the currently most studied of our systems for its interactions with bacterial profiles, and many of the gut diseases occur when one’s normal bacterial profile is thrown off balance. We know that the food we consume changes the bacterial profile of our gut microflora. The more raw greens, vegetables and raw foods we consume, then the healthier the profile of our gut bacteria. Such approaches aid in the prevention of gut and lifestyle diseases including cancer and diabetes. But other factors such as medicines (and antibiotics) can also have an unintended negative impact. A good example is Clostridium difficile associated diarrhea infection (CDI), for which the major precursor risk is taking oral antibiotics for more than one week prior to exposure to C difficile spores. 


The microbial world around and inside us is now referred to as our ‘Microbiome’, and understanding this can inform our hygiene practices, improve our health and those of our clients.  And especially help us to protect those amongst us who may be more susceptible to unhealthy changes in the Microbiome. The manner and specifics of disaster restoration, remediation and cleaning chemicals, processes and practices are directly affected by the burgeoning science of our Human Microbiome.

The interactions we have each day with our resident bacteria traverses the food we eat, the surfaces we touch, how we live and the responses of our bodies to our surrounding environments. The challenges we face include disruption to the normal and healthy profile of our surrounding environs and interfering in an unhealthy way with our microbiome. Just look at the impact of water damage (let alone sewage) on our homes, and then also consider how hospital or health care facilities’ cleaning might affect the biofilms found on their many vulnerable surfaces.


Cleaning interventions and appropriate standards or hygiene are critical to our wellbeing. This half day CIRI Science seminar will inform people on the science, the critical issues, and the bacterial adaptive mechanisms that are induced in our Microbiome through poor cleaning processes and outcomes. Whether the problem is water damage, forensic cleanup, hospital or clinics’ cleaning to remove ESKAPE Pathogens, or simply cleaning the bathroom, this CIRI Science Symposium will address the issues about which you need to be aware, to improve your business, add new value and to improve your world.  See or for more details and advance registration.


Author:  Dr. Greg S. Whiteley, as edited by Dr. Steven M. Spivak.  Revision 2, 8 May 2017.