Science-Based Solutions for Service Providers

The CIRI Science Symposium is an annual gathering featuring presentations delivered by industry leaders and research scientists. The Symposium features four sessions each consisting of a series of short "lightning" presentations followed by an extended and lively Q&A panel discussion. Who'd have thought that science could be so much fun?

 

Date: March 31, 2020
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cost: $179
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Session 1: COVID-19: Virus Characteristics and  Communications Strategies

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Session 2: Testing, Assessment and Characteristics of High-Performance Cleaning & Disinfection

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Session 3: Pandemic Preparedness, Worker Training, and Worker Safety and Protection

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Session 1 - COVID-19: Virus Characteristics and  Communications Strategies

Presentation 1: Crisis Communications and Risk Assessment


Patricia Olinger JM, RBP

Executive Director GBAC, a Division of ISSA


Ms. Olinger is a Registered Biosafety Professional, a Certified Forensic Operator and a Certified Bio-Forensic Restoration Specialist. Formerly 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, she has supported the development of International Biorisk Management Systems from the conception of the CWA 15793:2011 and is the current Deputy Convener of the ISO Working Group that is developing the ISO International Biorisk Management Standard (ISO 35001). She served as a member of the External Laboratory Safety Working Group to the Director of CDC, the APLU/AAU Laboratory Safety Taskforce, was a council member of the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA), and served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the U.S. NIH National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program (NBBTP). Ms. Olinger has a BS in Biochemistry and a Masters of Law with a focus on International Global Health. 


Description: This presentation will focus on anxious clients and cleaning staff alike. Ms. Olinger will discuss critical aspects of crisis communications, including client and worker communications as well as risk assessment.

Presentation 2: What You Need to Know Pandemics and COVID-19


By Eugene Cole, Dr.PH. 

Director of Research, LRC Indoor Testing & Research


Dr. Cole’s long and distinguished career has been largely spent on public health issues, including infection control and epidemiology. His research focus includes bioaerosols and human exposure assessment. A former Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at Brigham Young University, Dr. Cole holds both a Master of Science degree in Public Health Microbiology, and a Doctor of Public Health degree in Biohazard Science & Occupational Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) and a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). 


Description: This presentation will focus on the “bug” called COVID-19. Dr. Cole will delve into the technical aspects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), including pathways of transmission and co-morbidity issues. In addition, he will offer a historical look at pandemics.

Session 2 - Testing, Assessment and Characteristics of High-Performance Cleaning & Disinfection

Presentation 1: How and Why We Test


By Richard Shaughnessy, PhD 

CDirector, Indoor Air Quality Research Program, University of Tulsa


Dr. Shaughnessy is a world-renowned expert in indoor air quality (IAQ) and the Director of the Indoor Air Quality Research Program at the University of Tulsa. He is internationally recognized in air quality, environmental quality, and measurement systems in buildings and facilities. Dr. Shaughnessy is an officer with the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ) for their triennial international research conference on indoor air quality, with environmental quality measurement and health. He maintains many global research collaborations, especially with researchers in Finland and Scandinavia.


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Jordan Peccia, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering, Yale University


Research in the Peccia lab integrates engineering and public health approaches with quantitative molecular biology tools to study human exposure to microbes in the built environment. His lab is a leader in applying DNA-based technologies for the analysis of indoor air, surface, and dust samples. Peccia serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Aerosol Research (AAAR) and is an associate editor for the journal Indoor Air.


Description: This combined presentation will look at the methods and limiting factors associated with both pre- and post-cleaning testing.

Presentation 2: High-Performance Cleaning — What It is and Why It is So Important


By John Richter, MSME 

Clinical Faculty Member, Engineering Department, Miami University, Oxford, OH


John Richter graduated from the University of Dayton with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering. He entered the cleaning industry in 2006 when he joined Kaivac, Inc. as Technical Director. At Kaivac, Richter conducted scientific studies and research in the areas of cleaning effectiveness with respect to various cleaning methods using ATP measurements, bacteria counts, and tribometry. In 2014, he accepted a position as Clinical Faculty Member with the Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering Department at Miami University. In addition to teaching multiple engineering classes, he is an engineering consultant to the cleaning industry.


Description: This presentation will examine the characteristics of high-performance cleaning processes and explain the connection between it and effective disinfection.

Presentation 3: Meeting the Challenges Associated With Effective Disinfection


By Greg Whiteley, Ph.D.

Chairman, Whiteley Corporation.  Adjunct Fellow, School of Medicine, Western Sydney University


Dr. Greg Whiteley, has qualifications from Hawkesbury Agricultural College (Bachelor of Applied Science), the University of New South Wales (Master of Safety Science), the University of New England (Diploma Australian Institute of Company Directors) and Western Sydney University (Doctor of Philosophy). He is the Chairman of Whiteley Corporation, and an Adjunct Fellow in the School of Medicine at Western Sydney University. He is the Collaboration Partner Study Director for an iMCRC Grant with the School of Medicine at Sydney University which is investigating novel solutions for biofilm mediated infections and other forms of biofilm contamination.

 

Description: Effective disinfection requires implementation of strategies that involve product selection, proper application and dwell time. Complicating factors include biofilms and inadequately cleaned surfaces.

Session 3 - Pandemic Preparedness, Worker Training, and Worker Safety and Protection

Presentation 1: Preparing for the Next Pandemic


By Gavin Macgregor-Skinner BVSc, MSc, MPH, MRCVS

Certified Forensic Operator®, Certified Bio-Forensic Restoration Specialist®


Dr. Macgregor-Skinner has more than 25 years of technical experience in emergency management and infectious disease surveillance and response and has worked with U.S. and international governments, United Nations agencies, and the private sector in the U.S., Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Latin America. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine and Director of Global Disaster Response for the BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine affiliated with Harvard Medical School. He has appeared on CNN, BBC, Canada CTV, Australia ABC, C-SPAN, and other news outlets to share his expertise on Ebola, Influenza, Measles, Cholera, Zika outbreaks and other global health threats. He learned epidemiology as an epidemic intelligence service officer at the U.S. CDC and was a global health fellow at USAID. His passion is engaging networks of experts who share knowledge and experiences to risk the global understanding of risk and safety.


Description: Recurring global pandemics are not a possibility, they are a certainty. The question is when, not if. Fortunately, or perhaps unfortunately, in this case we almost certainly know: A second wave of COVID-19 is coming. Dr. MacGregor-Skinner will provide preparation guidance to cleaning and disaster restoration professionals. 

Presentation 2: Effective Training Strategies of Frontline Workers


By Patricia Olinger

JM, RBP, Executive Director, Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA


Ms. Olinger is a Registered Biosafety Professional, a Certified Forensic Operator and a Certified Bio-Forensic Restoration Specialist. Formerly 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, she has supported the development of International Biorisk Management Systems from the conception of the CWA 15793:2011 and is the current Deputy Convener of the ISO Working Group that is developing the ISO International Biorisk Management Standard (ISO 35001). She served as a member of the External Laboratory Safety Working Group to the Director of CDC, the APLU/AAU Laboratory Safety Taskforce, was a council member of the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA), and served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the U.S. NIH National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program (NBBTP). Ms. Olinger has a BS in Biochemistry and a Masters of Law with a focus on International Global Health. 


Description: In important ways, cleaning workers form the frontline of defense against pandemics. Ms. Olinger will discuss specialized training and safety needs and preparedness.

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