Innovation Award Winners Announced


The ISSA/INTERCLEAN Innovation Award 2008 winner is: Ultra Clean Ltd. for the product: UltraClean.

The award is judged on various criteria, such as originality, impact, practicality, durability, health/ergonomics, environment and profitability.

An excerpt of the jury report: “The judges are truly impressed with the imagination, inventiveness and enterprising spirit shown by the developer of UltraClean. It is exciting to see something which has real potential to make its mark on the washroom service market being launched at the show.”

UltraClean is a patented no-touch towel dispenser with an internal self-laundering system. During working hours it operates as an automatic no-touch linen towel dispenser. Then at any per-programmed time, it provides full laundering services: it soaks and washes in clean hot water than brushes, sanitizes and dries the towel.

Category Winners

In addition to the overall winner, the jury selected three category winners:

• Nilfisk-Advance A/S for the product: AX 651 Multi EDS
• VERMOP Salmon GmbH for the product: VERMOP Soft Cleaning Schedule
• Satino for the product: Satino Towelex


Over 70 entries were submitted for the award, of which a shortlist of nine were highlighted. The nominees were:

• Kärcher B.V. for the product: BRC 50/70 W
• Baudoin Wash-Systems B.V. for the product: City Washer
• OspreyDeepclean International for the product: ProVap Hygiene System
• Alpheios B.V. for the product: Alpheios Diensten voor Diensten 2.0
• Pancomp Electronics Oy for the product: PANCOMP Building Site Cleaning Mangement Tool


Illinois Goes Green

The Green Clean Schools Act was passed by the U.S. Senate, making Illinois the second state in the country — New York was the first — to require the use of green-certified cleaning products in all state schools. In April, the bill sailed through the House to become a law that would require schools to implement more green cleaning practices.

On May 9th, all schools in the state were required to comply with the “Guidelines” that are designed to give Illinois schools clear direction in purchasing and using green cleaning products, as well as implementing a green cleaning program, as required by the Act.

Visit for details on the Guidelines.

Compliance Web Tool

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers a Web-based compliance assistance center that provides comprehensive environmental compliance assistance and pollution prevention information for colleges and universities. With support from the EPA, the center was developed by the National Association of Colleges and University Business Officials.

The online center provides information on waste management, air and water resources, drinking water, public safety, explanation of regulations, compliance data and federal grants. More information is available at

The EPA sponsors 15 other Web-based compliance assistance centers on chemicals, government and health care.