CIRI Announces Call for Papers for Its Fall Cleaning Science Symposium

May 18th 2011


ALBANY, NY (May 18, 2011)—The Cleaning Industry Research Institue International (CIRI) is pleased to announce its call for topics, proposals and papers to be considered for its science and technology symposium, “Cleaning Effectiveness and the Science of Antimicrobials & Disinfectants. The event will be held at the Georgia Institute of Technology Conference Center November 9-11.


This program is a follow-up to CIRI’s successful April conference that focused on green cleaning, its science, efficacy and health implications. The November meeting will address the science and effectiveness of antimicrobial technologies, disinfectants, sanitizers, antibacterial and other treatments and how they relate to various cleaning and renovation technologies.


CIRI’s mantra is “Only Science Can See!” To that end, its symposiums focus on discovery, truth, science, data and analytical research on cleaning and health. Commercial approaches and marketing or product promotion is discouraged. This differs markedly from industry meetings where marketing, public relations, commerciality and business promotion is emphasized. CIRI, being an unbiased and independent entity, strives for truth and definitive understanding of cleaning science, measurement, efficacy, health and the environment.


The Executive Committee and CIRI’s Science Advisory Council welcome proposals or actual paper submissions for its fall symposium on the topics listed below. Additional ideas also are encouraged. Consideration will be given to all proposals, titles, abstracts and named speakers relating to their content, rigor and applicability. Proposals should be sent to Dr. Steven Spivak, chairman, CIRI Science Advisory Council ([email protected]) and a copy to Jim Harris, Sr., CIRI chairman ([email protected]).


Themes and topics may include:

  • Relationship between clinical laboratory assessment and actual field or on-site conditions regarding antimicrobials and disinfectants.
  • Differences between EPA product registration and intended use specifications versus “real life” consideration and limitations.
  • Understanding the terminology, labeling and claims regarding disinfectant, sanitizer, sterilizer, HACCP, log reduction measure of microbes (i.e., bactericide, virucide, fungicide, algicide and related items).   
  • Mitigation, control and elimination studies of antimicrobials and other methodologies in high-risk environments such as hospitals, health care, nursing and day care facilities and schools.
  • Exposing different and newer technologies in methods, products, processes or systems for antimicrobial action and disinfection.
  • Recent developments in chemical-free disinfection, types and manner of actions.
  • What are “green disinfectants?” Is this terminology valid? What are the latest U.S. EPA and Canadian equivalent developments or considerations on this topic?
  • Fundamental or applied research studies on the application, specification, efficacy, in-use conditions and requirement for antibacterial, antimicrobial and disinfectants.
  • Applied research studies on cleaning, disinfecting and renovating high-value materials following microbial exposure, growth, contamination or use in disaster restoration; necessity of pre- and post-cleaning tests and clearance.  
  • What are the relative or concomitant requirements of cleaning efficiency and sanitization versus disinfection alone or in combination with cleaning?    
  • Specific studies involving hygiene and disinfection methods; “air washing” or ultra-filtration and air cleaning; hand washing with antimicrobial soaps; various measurement methods on surfaces and cleaning efficiency.
  • Risk and reliability studies on the use, misuse, overuse and abuse of antibacterial and antimicrobial chemicals; their impact on drug resistant microbes, growing antibiotic resistance, prevalence in the environment, on human and public health.
  • Update on adenosine triphosphate’s (ATP) applicability to surface soiling and bio-loading, assess various cleaning approaches and cleaning efficacy.
  • CIRI and ISSA update on their seminal research and developing a Clean Standard for K-12 schools.  
  • Infection control methods at home and work, during transport and in hospitals; what’s old and new, what works and what doesn’t?
  • Consumer-based products for disinfection and hygiene, cleaning techniques and methods for risk reduction, exposure and infection control—what works and what doesn’t?

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