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02 Nov 2023


10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Clean and Thriving: Unleashing the Power of Your Cleaning for Health Story

The term “Cleaning for Health” is synonymous with Dr. Michael A. Berry’s book published in 1993. On the 30th anniversary of this iconic book, in this workshop we will discuss: What does it really mean? How important is it? How to define that the quality of the indoor environment (air, surfaces, water) is created through cleaning and proper maintenance? Why the cleaning industry needs to be recognized as “essential”? How do we set professional goals?

This workshop will help you:

– Understand the importance of being able to tell a compelling cleaning for health story
– Explore the impact of cleaning on human health and the built environment
– By presenting scientific evidence and real-case studies supporting the cleaning for health concept
– Identify your unique cleaning for health journey and understand your target audience and their needs
– Explore the power of visual storytelling through images and videos
– Practice delivering your story and receive peer feedback to refine your communication skills
– Develop an actionable plan to implement and share your cleaning for health story effectively in real-world scenarios
– Leave the workshop with inspiration, confidence, and the tools necessary to create positive change through your story

– ISSA Members: $55 (excl GST)
– Non-members: $75 (excl GST)


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Presented by

Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, GBAC
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  • Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner
    Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner
    Senior Director, Global Biorisk Advisory Council ISSA – the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association

    Dr Gavin Macgregor-Skinner (BVSc, MSc, MPH, MRCVS) is the Senior Director of the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA – the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association and has more than 30 years of technical experience in responding to infectious disease outbreaks and emergency management. As an infection prevention expert and consultant, he works to develop protocols and education for the global cleaning industry to empower facilities, businesses, and cleaning professionals to create safe environments.

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, he conducted onsite biological risk assessments and provided “just-in-time” training on infection prevention and control, cleaning and disinfection, and safe working practices for frontline workers in 16 US States and Hong Kong in hospital emergency departments, assisted-living and nursing homes, convention centers, airports, stadiums, public transport workers, and hotel staff and other essential employees. He has served on COVID-19 medical advisory committees for American Airlines, Port Authority Of New York and New Jersey, Hyatt Hotels, International Association of Venue Managers, American Association of Airport Executives, NFL, and NBA teams including Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, and Los Angeles Lakers.

    He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine and teaches three 15-week graduate courses on Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Terrorist Emergencies. In 2014, he received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in teaching.

    He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, BBC, Canada CTV, Australia ABC, C-SPAN, and other news outlets to share his expertise on High Consequence Pathogens such as Coronavirus, Ebola, Influenza, Measles, Cholera, Zika and other global health threats. He served 12-years as an Officer in the Australian and British militaries and was an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the U.S. CDC in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Global Health Fellow with the United States Agency for International Development in Washington DC.