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COVID-19 update: Associations team up to provide science-based research on COVID-19

Published 25th March, 2020 by Neil Nixon

COVID-19 update: Associations team up to provide science-based research on COVID-19

The Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI), a US-based 501c3 nonprofit organisation dedicated to the development and communication of unbiased, peer-reviewed research for the professional cleaning and disaster restoration industries, has partnered with several industry organisations including the Building Services Contractors Association International (BSCAI), the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA), the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and ISSA, the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association, to promote its full-day, live-stream symposium on 31 March.

“By working together across our related industries, we’re able to get this critical information in the hands of the people on the front lines of controlling this virus,” said CIRI executive director, John Downey. “We’re thrilled to see the industry come together to promote science-based information with the common goal of protecting public health and safety.”

As a part of the informal partnership, each organisation will promote the one-day virtual event with its membership to deliver a consistent and science-based message around cleaning to prevent the spread of coronavirus. As an added bonus, after the event attendees will receive digital access to each session, which they’ll be able to use for employee training and customer communications.

Presented in three parts, CIRI’s 2020 Symposium will cover the following topics: Pandemic - Coronavirus and more; Delving deeply into disinfection; and Measuring clean.

Speakers include a variety of academics and experts from across the industry, including:

Eugene Cole, Dr.PH.,
former Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at Brigham Young University and consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and CIRI Scientific Advisory Council member.

Patricia Olinger JM, RBP, director of GBAC,
the Global Biorisk Advisory Council. Previous to joining ISSA-GBAC, Olinger was an assistant vice president in the Office of Research Administration and the executive director of the Environmental, Health and Safety Office (EHSO) at Emory University.

John Richter, MSME,
a faculty member in the department of engineering at the University of Miami (Ohio) with years of R&D experience in the cleaning industry.

Gary Rosen, Ph.D.,
a Florida building contractor who specialises in mould and water damage restoration. He is the author of the 14-hour National Association of Environmentally Responsible Mold Contractors training for initial mould assessor and mould remediator for Florida licensing.

Jeremiah Gray,
CEO and co-founder of EarthSafe, and pioneer of the disruptive electrostatic spray technologies. Under his leadership and guidance, EarthSafe developed the EvaClean Infection Prevention System, which has become a leader in healthier disinfection.

Steve Hengsperger, f
ounder, Tersano, Inc. A long-time advocate of reducing the need for toxic chemicals in the home, Hengsperger founded Tersano in 2001 to develop cutting-edge household countertop systems that sanitise drinking water, food and household surfaces. Tersano’s cleaning and sanitising system was recognised as one of the best inventions in 2006 by Time Magazine.

CIRI’s 2020 Symposium is accessible from a desktop, tablet or mobile device. The cost for registration is $179 for non-members; CIRI members will receive a 50% discount. To register, go to:

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