July 15-17-2019


Miami University, Oxford, OH


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18+ Industry Leaders

ABOUT THE CIRI SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM / the only symposium of its kind

On July 15-17, 2019 the leading minds in the world of cleaning and disaster restoration will gather in scenic Oxford, Ohio, at Miami University for the Cleaning Industry Research Institute’s (CIRI) 2019 Science Symposium. This year the conference — developed for seasoned professionals, researchers, educators, trainers and consultants — will feature a keynote delivered by Dr. Greg Whiteley, “Anticipating Threats to Human Health,” and no less than 18 laser-focused “lightning” presentations and six Q&A panel discussions. Several will be based on original research and research reviews, including some on research conducted specifically for the symposium.


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Symposium Schedule / don't miss a single session

Welcome Reception

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Keynote: The New, the Old, and the Deadly: What New Evidence Teaches Us About the Perennial Foe of Microbial Contamination

Session 1: Threats to Human Health — Infection Control, Human Biome

Presenters and panelists: Andrew Maier PhD, Cardno Chem Risk; Richard Shaughnessy PhD, University of Tulsa; David Harry PhD, Geerpres. Panel moderator: Greg Whiteley PhD, Whiteley Corp.

Cleaning and Asthma – A Look at Current Safety Assessment Weight of Evidence Methods. | Andrew Maier PhD
Causal relationships between cleaning professions and asthma continue to receive attention in occupational health research. The safety assessment process includes hazard assessment, exposure assessment and integration of these assessment components. We developed an asthma product safety assessment framework to assess the use of products in residential and commercial cleaning. Application of the framework identified task-based exposure data as an important gap. As a result, we conducted a field simulation study to assess tasked based exposures for cleaning tasks representative of work done by professional home cleaners. The data on hazard and exposure were used to identify task-based safety profiles.

From the Floor Up — Microbiological Findings of Laundered Microfiber Mops | David Harry, Sustainable Scientific Solutions
Prior to 2002: One clean cotton string mop was used to clean three hospital rooms with three gallons of water and then replenished. The single microfiber flat mop per room concept was introduced in 2002 at UC Davis with the EPA research to reduce cross-contamination: becoming the global standard. Recent research uncovered that the properties that make microfiber so effective were the same properties that were preventing pathogens from being effectively removed. Microbiological and Scanning electron microscopic documentation will be presented that shows current laundry processes which are designed not to damage the microfiber are allowing pathogens to remain in the microfiber. The situation is compounded by microfibers neutralization of healthcare disinfectants.

Morning Break

Session 2: Down And Dirty: Research To Practice – Practice To Research

Featuring: John Richter, Miami Univ. of Ohio; Michael Pinto, Wonder Makers Environmental; Cliff Zlotnik, IDEAZ; and Eugene Cole, LRC Indoor Testing & Research

Cleaning Effectiveness Evaluation of High Fluid Flow Extraction Cleaning of Floors With Recycled Cleaning Solution | John Richter, Miami Univ. of Ohio
The aim of this study was to evaluate whether effective cleaning can be achieved when using recycled cleaning solutions--reusing cleaning solutions that have been used prior to extract soils. Historically, common cleaning methods such as string mop cleaning and window cleaning have reused cleaning solution, but little has been tested in terms of cleaning effectiveness and specifically, the question remains if using recycled cleaning solution for high flow fluid extraction produces effective cleaning results. This evaluation sets out to use multiple evaluation techniques such as ATP Measurements, pH and conductance levels of cleaning solutions, as well as gloss testing to evaluate the effectiveness of cleaning with recycled solutions. Field and experimental data in multiple environments and surfaces will be presented to thoroughly evaluate the cleaning effectiveness. The aim is to determine if cleaning with recycled solutions is feasible and also how many reuses can be achieved before cleaning effectiveness is reduced below accepted cleaning standards.

Can Mold on Carpet Be Properly Remediated While Still Following the Standard of Care? | Michael Pinto, Wonder Makers Environmental

“Watching Paint Dry” - Method for the Comparative Evaluation of Odor Barrier Properties of Sealers and Coatings Used in Restoration and Remediation | Cliff Zlotnik, IDEAZ
Eighty percent of walls and ceilings cleaned as the result of smoke and fire damage will also be painted as part of the remediation process. As an added measure to prevent the release of residual smoke odor and/or discoloration, a significant percentage of these heat- and smoke-damaged surfaces are coated with a “smoke sealer” as a primer prior to painting. The presentation suggests a "Method for the Comparative Evaluation of the Odor Barrier Properties of Coatings".

Cleaning and Disinfection in Long-Term Care Facilities: A Deadly Challenge | Eugene Cole, LRC Indoor Testing & Research
Due to the aging population of the United States, the proportion of people 65 or older is steadily increasing, currently comprising 15% of the total population. By 2030, the amount of those aged 85 years and older in the United States is predicted to double. It is alarming to note that while hospitals have strict cleaning and decontamination protocols they must follow in accordance with government mandates, most long-term care facilities (LTCFs) do not, despite the immunocompromised status of those they serve. Consequently, 1 to 3 million serious infections occur every year in those facilities, leading to as many as 380,000 infection-caused deaths in LTCFs annually. The major pathogens include Clostridium Difficile (C. diff), Vancomycin- resistant Enterococci (VRE), Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Acinetobacter spp., and now the emerging fungal pathogen, Candida auris. The economic costs of such infections are already ranging from $673 million to $2 billion each year, with only increases projected. While there is an emphasis on hand hygiene, antimicrobial stewardship, and staff training and surveillance, there remains a scarcity of detailed information from credible research studies as to a consensus framework protocol for adequate routine and outbreak cleaning and disinfection of LTCFs. Thus the need for practical, cost-effective, and science-based approaches to cleaning and decontamination as a means of nosocomial pathogen transmission prevention and control in LTCFs has never been more important.


Session 3: Practical And Effective Uses And Measurements Of Cleaning Effectiveness

Featuring: Andrew Maier, Cardno Chem Risk; Kris Rzesnoski, Encircle; Jeff Merrihew, Janitronics; and Peter T. Edelstein, Clean Carpet, Brazil

Cleaning Ingredient Residuals and Considerations for Pharmaceutical Product Quality | Andrew Maier, Cardno Chem Risk
Good manufacturing practices in pharmaceutical manufacturing include specifications for equipment cleaning. Traditionally cleaning protocols for residual cleaning materials were assessed using visual inspection and rinse and wipe tests. Recently the validation of product quality requires a risk-based calculation to assure the residuals of impurities (active pharmaceuticals and others) are below the level in the product that would pose a health risk. This newer risk-based approach is embedded in modern IPSE Risk-MAPP guidance and is driving a need for harmonized health-based exposure limits for cleaning product ingredients. We highlight the HBEL derivation approach for a common cleaning scenario.

Fires, Oxidation, and Secondary Damage: Personal & Occupant Safety Issues | Kris Rzesnoski, Encircle
This presentation will outline the challenges two individual insured's went through when the restoration process was done wrong. Two different oxidizers, two different restorers, two different insureds with one similar result. This presentation will highlight the assumptions made by restorers, discuss the carriers failure to understand the magnitude of the damage and the resulting impact on the contents, structures, and occupants. In this short presentation, Kris will present his thought processes and actions to try and resolve this situation as an independent party.

ATP Monitoring Used as a Tool to Verify Cleaning Effectiveness: Challenges and Benefits | Jeff Merrihew, Janitronics
ATP monitoring used as a tool to verify cleaning efficacy can provide both challenges and benefits. ATP testing is frequently called upon to ensure compliance to the set standards, refine current cleaning processes and evaluate the effectiveness of potential new ones. But ATP’s relatively easy process can sometimes lead to misuse and the collection of improper data.

Employing ATP Measurements for Carpet & Floor Cleaning Scientific Evaluations | Peter T. Edelstein, Clean Carpet, Brazil
Clean is a subjective concept. People have different sensitiveness on smells and visual aspect, therefore, it must be measured in order to achieve an accurate level of cleanness. In order to achieve an accurate level of cleanness, a measurable system must be used. We choose Hygiena System Sure Plus using ultrasnap ATP Surface test. Results are offered as RLU’s (relative light unit). There are no industry standards for RLU’s on carpet cleaning. A test in five different sites will determine the accurate number for clean and not clean.

Afternoon Break

Session 4: Science & Research: A Paradigm For The 21st Century

Featuring: Ralph Moon, GHD; David Kiser, ARCSi; and John Downey, moderator.

Science & Research: The Necessity of Paradigm Shifts in the 21st Century | Ralph Moon, GHD
Though we value the theories, standards and business models of the past, we live in a fast-paced world of paradigm shifts. No matter the field of endeavor, when we change a paradigm, we advance. Cabs to Uber, box stores to Amazon, scalpels to laser and pilots to unmanned drones NASA to Space X represent dramatic changes that are accepted by society because they are simply better. All of these changes would not have occurred without science and research. The only question “are we attracting and nurturing “far thinking” students that let their imaginations take us into the future.

The Value of Science/Research in the Universe of Cleaning | David Kiser, ARCSi
Why scientific research is crucial for safe indoor environments. Why current conditions make science/research critical. How scientific proofs help us understand how to clean properly. Using science/research to elevate the cleaning industry. The role of cleaning stakeholders. The importance of science/research in making homes safe, workplaces safe and communities safe.

Banquet Dinner

Opening Remarks

Session 5: Training and Technology innovations

Featuring: Allen Rathey, HFI University; Bob Robinson, Sr., Kaivac; Randy Rapp PhD, Purdue University. Panel moderator: Steven Spivak PhD

E-Learning in the 21st Century; A New, Visually Engaging Example | Allen Rathey, HFI-Univ.
First-generation e-learning was mainly online text and images, more like an electronic textbook: Boring. Newer cloud-based software tools enable creating engaging and interactive learning about products and processes with strong research support, help track progress and completion, and provide a complement to hands-on learning while reaching millennials through their digital devices.

Video Training Mounted Onboard Cleaning Machines Versus Traditional Training | Bob Robinson, Sr., Kaivac
Learn how video training devices that are mounted directly onboard high productivity cleaning equipment can greatly reduce training costs and time. With high turnover rates of 300% getting new workers trained properly is a never-ending task. Traditional classroom video training or person to person training is quickly forgotten and is expensive. Placing easy to use video training onboard allows the worker to get expert training in the field, 24/7/365, at their own pace, while making the worker more valuable and productive in the shortest time and at the lowest cost.

Use of UAVs (Drones) for Disaster Restoration Site Conditions, Work Plan, Assessments | Randy R. Rapp and Christopher A. Baker, School of Construction Management, Purdue University
Adapting advanced technologies to disaster recovery work seems essential for commercial firms to remain economically competitive and government agencies to responsively serve the public. Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and the sensors they carry evolve quickly to become much more capable for much less cost. Accurate and timely post-disaster information about damaged buildings and infrastructure greatly enhance the possible timeliness and accuracy of response. The presenters discuss UAS and sensor applications and performance characteristics and specifications that better enable disaster recovery activities to accomplish critical post-disaster operations. Their increased use by commercial and public disaster recovery personnel offers substantive performance improvement.

Morning Break

Session 6: Management Science, Efficiencies & Economics, Survey Data

Featuring: Jim Harris Sr., Janitronics; Carl Grimes, Hayward SCORE: Healthy Homes; Chuck Violand, Violand Management Associates; Allen Rathey, HFI University; and Steven Spivak PhD, panel moderator

Online, Interim Survey Results and its Trends in IAQ, IEQ from 20,000+ Respondents | Carl Grimes, Hayward SCORE: Healthy Homes

Timeless Lessons in Business From the Family Dinner Table | Chuck Violand, Violand Management Associates
Management fads come and go just about as often as fashion styles change. The same is true with business expressions and terms, and the words we use in daily life. But the one thing that has remained relatively unchanged over the years, both in business and in life, are basic human values; things like trust, gratefulness, compassion, sharing, and looking out for others. We may think the things we value in our personal life don’t translate into the business world. But they do, and we usually learned these values through daily interactions with our parents and siblings when we were kids. This presentation takes seven lessons many of us learned at the family dinner table and shows how to apply them at work to managing people of all generations.

Integrated Cleaning & Measurement (or ICM) and The Deming Institute - a New Endeavor in Applied Quality Thinking | Allen Rathey, HFI Univ
Dr. W. Edwards Deming taught that 94% of poor work outcomes relate to the system rather than the worker, and that management is responsible for creating the system. In the years since Deming helped transform the automobile industry through management-led systems-thinking, a popular buzz phrase has been “Continuous Improvement”. People often link that expression to Deming, however, that isn’t what Deming taught. We’ll explain why “Continual Stepped Improvement”(TM)(CSI)is a better way and how Integrated Cleaning and Measurement (ICM) is an example of how to be successful using CSI within a Deming approach.

ISO 9000-2015 - Quality Management Systems for a Facility Service Provider in Controlled Environments | Jim Harris, Sr. Janitronics
Janitronics has always had a strong sense of the benefits of systems thinking since its founding in 1972. However, recently the company sought and was awarded registration for ISO 9001:2015. This key quality certification addressed the management and provision of cleaning services for cleanrooms, controlled environments and support areas for semi-conductor foundries. Very few service providers have received this certification. Mr. Harris will share the challenges the firm faced, the benefits and the driving force behind the pursuit of the certification.

Symposium Closing Remarks, Adjourn 2019 CIRI Science Symposium

CIRI Science Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting

Symposium Speakers By Session / world-class experts

Session 1

Andy Maier

Senior Managing Health Scientist, Cardno ChemRisk

Dr. Maier has over 25 years of professional work experience in the areas of environmental health, occupational hygiene, and toxicology. He currently serves

Richard Shaughnessy

Director of the Indoor Air Quality Research Program, University of Tulsa

Dr. Richard Shaughnessy is a world-renowned expert in indoor air quality (IAQ) and the Director of the Indoor Air Quality Research Program at

David Harry


David Harry has 40 years R&D pertaining to global production,  formulating cleaning and disinfection experience: including personal care, I&I and most recently healthcare

Greg Whiteley

Chairman, Whiteley Corp.

Dr Greg Whiteley has qualifications from Hawkesbury Agricultural College (Bachelor of Applied Science), the University of New South Wales (Master of Safety Science),

Session 2

Eugene Cole

Director of Research, LRC Indoor Testing & Research

Eugene Cole, DrPH is Director of Research for LRC Indoor Testing & Research, Cary, NC; and formerly Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at Brigham

John Richter

Clinical Faculty, Miami University

John Richter, MSME graduated from the University of Dayton with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering. He entered the cleaning industry in

Michael Pinto

CEO, Wonder Makers Environmental

Michael Pinto is CEO of Wonder Makers Environmental in Kalamazoo, MI. (more…)

Cliff Zlotnik

CEO IDEAZ, LLC and IAQradio Co-host

When Cliff Zlotnik entered the field of insurance repair in 1974 the industry was embryonic. (more…)

Session 3

Andy Maier

Senior Managing Health Scientist, Cardno ChemRisk

Dr. Maier has over 25 years of professional work experience in the areas of environmental health, occupational hygiene, and toxicology. He currently serves

Peter Edelstein is a Brazilian native who lived in the USA for almost 20 years. He graduated on Fort Lauderdale Art Institute on

Jeff Merrihew


Jeff Merrihew has worked in the industry for over 30 years. (more…)

Kris Rzesnoski

Vice President of Business Development, Encircle

As Vice President of Business Development at Encircle, Kris guides the technical development of Encircle’s solutions to ensure they exceed industry expectations. With

Session 5

Bob Robinson, Sr.

CEO, Kaivac

Bob Robinson, Sr. is the inventor of the Kaivac No-Touch Cleaning System and also the founder and current president of Kaivac, Inc.

Allen Rathey

Principal, Health Facilities Institute

Allen Rathey is a janitor turned educator. He started a cleaning service back in the '80s then sold it after discovering that written

Dr. Randy Rapp

Associate Professor, Purdue University

Randy Rapp, DMgt, PE, CCP, is an Associate Professor of Construction Management at Purdue University. (more…)

Maj. Christopher Baker

Ph.D. student, Purdue University

Major Christopher A. Baker is a PhD student in the School of Construction Management Technology at Purdue University.

Session 6

Carl Grimes

Managing Director of Hayward Score

Carl Grimes, HHS CIEC, has a broad background of experience across many “silos” within the spectrum of “indoor air quality” groups and associations.

Allen Rathey

Principal, Health Facilities Institute

Allen Rathey is a janitor turned educator. He started a cleaning service back in the '80s then sold it after discovering that written

Steven Spivak

Professor Emeritus Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland

Dr. Steven Spivak is Professor Emeritus and served as Chair of the Department of Fire Protection Engineering from 1993 until 2001.

Jim Harris, Sr.

Founder, Janitronics, Inc.

Consultant, trainer, corporate executive and entrepreneur, Jim Harris, Sr. has managed a productive and successful career in the cleaning industry for more than

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The CIRI Science Symposium is an ideal professional development opportunity for:

Corporate R&D Professionals

In-House Training Professionals

Thought Leaders in All Areas of Cleaning and Disaster Restoration

Cleaning Management Professionals, Including BSCs and In-House

Disaster Restoration Professionals

Professional Instructors and Trainers

Mold/Microbial Remediation Professionals

Academic Researchers

Industrial Hygienists and IEPs

Trade Association Leaders

Government Officials Involved in Disaster Response

The CIRI Science Symposium is the only conference solely focused on sound science.

All presentations are peer-reviewed -- no marketing hype allowed!

Will include both research-to-practice and practice-to-research perspectives.

Learn best practices backed by sound science.

Abundant networking opportunities with like-minded professionals.

Among topics to be explored: disinfection, microbiome, newest measurement technologies, robotics and drone technologies, innovations in training and education.

Event Location

The Marcum Hotel & Conference Center at Miami University
951 E. Withrow St.
Oxford, OH 45056

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