Top Cleaning Industry Scientists to Hold Health Related Symposium in Washington, DC Area this Summer

Washington, DC – (February 16, 2008) – The Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) will be making history in June, 2008 as they hold their second annual Cleaning Science Conference and Symposium at the University of Maryland nearby to the nation’s capital. CIRI was created to raise awareness of the importance of cleaning through scientific research. This gathering will focus on cleaning science, health, hygiene and disease prevention, 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, research, measurements and methods, field applications and their impact on health, hygiene and the environment.

The 2008 Symposium will showcase original studies and conceptual papers related to cleaning, science and health as well as papers that explore methods to measure and quantify the effects of cleaning on health.  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 well being.

The initial assessment and research activity of the Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) began in early 2006. This led to the first cleaning science symposium held at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, April 30-May 2, 2007.  The goal was to identify and establish science based issues important to the cleaning industry and to assemble currently available science and technology that can address those issues.

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.

A set of CIRI 2007 presentation videos and coordinated Powerpoint notes will soon be 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, cleaning and restoration industries.  In addition CIRI is planning for future publication and indexing by a respected, peer reviewed science journal or international archives – the latter to reach an international audience of scientists, public health community of researchers, environmental and occupational science and health experts.

The 2008 CIRI Symposium will be held on the beautiful campus of the University of Maryland, University College and Marriott conference center in Adelphi, Maryland and contiguous to the main University College Park campus. This is a short Metro rail trip from downtown Washington, DC. Accessible airports include Baltimore-Washington International (BWI), Ronald Reagan National (DCA) or Washington Dulles (IAD) in suburban Virginia.

James Harris, Sr. of Janitronics, Inc. and Concepts 4 Cleaning Consultants, Albany, New York serves as Chairman of CIRI.  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.

The CIRI 2008 symposium schedule is as follows:

June 9, Monday: Welcome Reception 6-8PM
June 10, Tuesday: Symposium 8AM-5PM
June 11, Wednesday: Symposium 8AM-5PM
June 12, Thursday: Symposium 8AM-Noon