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Vince Elliott
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My, how things have changed! Within one generation, the cleaning industry went from a mop and bucket, broom, vacuum cleaner and dust cloth to a highly sophisticated and science driven essential component of our society. While we still expect the same aesthetic levels of cleanliness in our homes, workplaces and in our lifestyle and recreational choices, we have also come to expect an assurance that our public health and safety needs are met. With the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) came the awareness of toxic compounds used in our work environment, and with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the focus on clean air, water and soil made us question what becomes of those toxic chemicals we use with abandon, once they pass through our homes and places of commerce? Newly emerging environmentally mediated infections and atopic misadventures have narrowed our focus of the chemicals we use to maintain that ever expected level of cleanliness to a point where we want no risk from either the bioburden around us or the chemicals we use to rid ourselves of these hazards. The question therefore of how clean is clean? , has taken on a new meaning of how safe is clean? . Of all the things we do in cleaning that affect our public health and safety, our choice of chemicals and methods of application rank among the highest concern and parenthetically, the highest risk of illness and injury. Collectively, many of us started questioning the over use of chemical adjuncts to routine cleaning and we began to seek out alternatives. We discovered new ideas, new applications and wholly new ways to maintain cleanliness without the use of chemicals. We also discovered a new way to compare performance and economy of these chemical-free initiatives to those for which we have a solid comfort level out of tradition. Integrated Cleaning and Measurement gave us a science and administratively based comparative rationale in evaluating these novel ideas. We found that they work; plain and simple. We also found that this newly emerging and vital industry had some serious identity problems and is somewhat of an orphan when it comes to regulatory acceptance. However, inroads with the latter are taking place at a rapid pace that will, in all probability, surpass that of industry-wide recognition. When Vince Elliott, an innovator and highly respected spokesperson in our industry, spoke of writing a book on presenting an overview of chemical-free routine cleaning methods for the housekeeping industry, I immediately and enthusiastically endorsed the idea. This book is an introduction and an overview of the many new and innovative technologies available to us. It presents a rationale for chemical-free routine cleaning and helps you, the cleaning professional; decide the best technologies for your operation. If you only read one book on these emerging technologies, this is the one. It is a must read for anyone who is serious about our industry, our health and our environment. Enjoy and embrace the challenges. My, how things have changed! --Robert W. Powitz, PhD, MPH, RS, DLAAS: Forensic Sanitarian

About the Author

Vincent F. Elliott is the founder and current President and CEO of Elliott Affiliates, Ltd. and Elliott Partners of Baltimore, Maryland. Vince is marking his fourth decade as a consultant to the cleaning industry which he has served since 1973. He is widely recognized in the industry as the leading authority in the field of performance-based cleaning: The science of the design and utilization of management techniques to establish continuous improvement systems for cleaning and facilities outsourcing. Vince has written, modified or updated over 530 performance-based building service contracts with an estimated market value of over a quarter of a billion dollars in contracted services. Vince is a member of the Association for Quality and Participation (AQP); the American Society for Quality (ASQ), where he is a past chairman of the Facilities Management Quality Control Committee; and a Charter Member of the Cleaning Management Institute (CMI). He is also a member of the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA), the Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA), CoreNet Global, International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA), and (NCMA) National Contract Management Association. Vince is the Chair of the Measurement Assistance Program for the Integrated Cleaning & Measurement group (ICM), open-source platform; a system in which 'best practice' is defined by scientific measurement of cleaning outcomes. Vince has also been the recipient of a number of awards and commendations, including the prestigious Apgar Award for Excellence by the National Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives (NACORE) and Cleaning Management Magazine's "Outstanding Service Award".
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