CIRI expands membership eligibility

Cleaners, restorers, distributors, and manufacturers can now join the cleaning and restoration industries’ science research organisation.

The Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI)  has expanded its membership eligibility for individuals to contract cleaners, in-house cleaning professionals, disaster restoration professionals, consultants and others with interests in common with the related industries and their affiliations.

Businesses and other organisations can also become members of CIRI under the newly expanded categories. This includes for-profit and nonprofit entities such as manufacturers, distributors, contract cleaning companies, disaster restoration contractors, trade associations, academic institutions and government agencies.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve seen a growing need to better connect the worlds of cleaning research with practice,” said John Downey, executive director, CIRI.

“There are effective and ineffective ways to clean, and an abundance of research validates the best processes for cleaning and restoring indoor environments. If we want to continue professionalising the cleaning industry, we must incorporate the latest science. This will ultimately impact human health in beneficial ways and extend the life of building materials.”

Established in 2006, CIRI’s activities include research, such as the work it did to establish ATP as a viable measurement technique in certain cleaning situations. It also has held several in-person CIRI Science Symposiums.

Most recently CIRI hosted a live stream COVID-19 and Pandemic Preparedness Symposium in March 2020, and a series of webinars on cleaning, disinfection, aerosols and transmission that began in the fall of 2020.

CIRI is a section 501c3 nonprofit professional technical organisation, not a trade association. As such, all memberships are reviewed and approved by the CIRI board of directors.

“CIRI is working toward building a community of science-minded individuals who are committed to improving the way our indoor environments are cleaned and maintained,” said Downey.

“We will continue connecting research with practice so organisations have the data and research they need to clean effectively.”

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