Thought Leadership Sessions

2021 Sponsored Education Sessions

Shaping the Future of Clean Through Education — ISSA Show North America recognizes the importance of quality education, even more so now during a public health crisis.

The Sponsored Thought Leadership Sessions are designed to tackle issues facing day-to-day operations throughout the entire cleaning industry. Learn from some of the industry’s biggest names from the safety and security of your own (home or otherwise) office.

Grant Morgan

Chief Executive Officer
R-Zero Systems
Sponsored by R-Zero Systems

Smart, Sustainable Technology Enabling the New Corporate Health Responsibility

Monday, November 15 · 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

According to renowned Harvard researchers, by the time you reach eighty, you will have spent 72 years of your life indoors. R-Zero recently partnered with The Harris Poll to survey office workers across the U.S. We discovered that employees now possess a powerful new awareness of the impact that these spaces where they spend their time have on their overall health. After over a year of living with the pandemic, employees expect significant changes in the workplace – to not only protect them from COVID-19, but all common illnesses. The role of the facility manager has been elevated as they must find ways to establish this higher standard for health and safety without expanding budgets, and also articulate the changes they're making to keep people safe.

This session will:

  1. Dive into the findings of this survey and highlight how this critical workplace transformation is paving the way for innovation and technology that better addresses how organizations safeguard human health
  2. Highlight specific technology, including UV-C light, software, and automation, that can give facility managers leverage and help them reduce risk throughout their facility without operational disruption
  3. Provide actionable insights for cleaning and facility managers to improve the health and safety of indoor environments long-term
Interested in this session? This session is included in both Expo Only and All-Access Passes.

Mark Wiencek, PhD

Lead Microbiologist Contec Professional
Contec Professional
Sponsored by Contec Professional

Hot Topics in Cleaning and Disinfection

Monday, November 15 · 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Despite the increased use of no-touch disinfection technologies to address the Covid-19 pandemic, consistent cleaning outcomes still require cooperation among chemistries, cleaning tools, and personnel. The disinfectant chemistries must be compatible with the tools being used to apply the solutions to surfaces and the cleaning tools must be compatible with the personnel. While human sustainability has become a higher priority during the pandemic, minimizing environmental impacts through green cleaning remains a driving force in the development of new products and processes.

This session will explore four hot topics related to compatibility:

  1. Role of mechanical removal to enhance the maximize the efficacy of disinfectants
  2. Importance of using clean tools to clean
  3. Impact of different types of textiles on the stability of disinfectants
  4. Utility of a Life-Cycle Assessment to compare environmental impacts of relaundered vs. single-use, disposable textiles.
Interested in this session? This session is included in both Expo Only and All-Access Passes.

Andrew Maier


Principal Science Advisor
Cardno ChemRisk
Sponsored by LSI | Mason, a Pilot Company | Stepan

Optimizing Confidence in Decision Making: The Science in Product Health Safety Assessment

Monday, November 15 · 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Can We Have Confidence in the Safety of Disinfectant Products? Of course, we can! Disinfectant products for consumer and professional uses are evaluated through product safety assessment protocols. Scientific information is the backbone for determining if a product is safe for the people making the product and those who use the product. However, not all published scientific information is equally reliable. Research findings can be messy and inconsistent, which could lead to inaccurate interpretations and misperceptions about the safety of a product. 

So, how can we sort through the messy data to give the most weight to high-quality information? Regulators achieve this goal through transparent frameworks for scientific research, using several tools to ensure clarity and improve confidence. First, gather and integrate evidence in a transparent and unbiased fashion, considering study quality. Second, use review by scientific peers. Third, engage all stakeholders to ensure the product safety assessments are thorough, clear, and communicate what we know and do not know. Current examples are used to highlight the effective use and misuse of scientific information for product safety.

Interested in this session? This session is included in both Expo Only and All-Access Passes.

Jill Davie

President, North America TEAM Software

David F. Giannetto

CEO of WorkWave
Sponsored by WorkWave

Using Technology to Take Your Customer Experience to the Next Level

Monday, November 15 · 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This past year has forced commercial cleaning companies to rethink how they interact and engage with their customers. Customer communication is more important than ever, and when used correctly, mobile technology is essential to forming relationships with your customers, operate with ease, and create happy, recurring customers who trust that you have got it covered.

Interested in this session? This session is included in both Expo Only and All-Access Passes.

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