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The Association for the Health Care Environment (AHE) announced the nominees of its Innovation Award. The award celebrates innovation in environmental services, infection prevention and safety, and recognizes the new solutions that are responding to — and helping to advance — the strategic goals of providers and operators in the field.

The eight companies/products nominated include:

American Ultraviolet Company - UVC OR Package
The UVC OR Package is a combination of air and surface disinfection fixtures designed to be used before, after and during a procedure. It is always available and requires no extra staff to operate it.

Ecolab - No/Low Maintenance Floor Cleaner and Protector
No/Low Maintenance Floor Cleaner and Protector is designed for Luxury Vinyl Tile, laminate, rubber and other maintenance floors. This revolutionary, daily-use formula will clean and repair without adding extra gloss and doesn't require burnishing.

ImageFIRST Healthcare Laundry Specialists - ImageFIRST ScrubVAULT System
The ImageFIRST ScrubVAULT System is an easy-to-use cabinet with a compact footprint that securely stores, dispenses and tracks distribution of scrubs, giving you full visibility and accountability of your inventory and usage.

Karcher North America - BV 5/1 BP battery backpack vacuum
The BV 5/1 BP is a battery operated backpack vacuum. This vacuum provides excellent cleaning performance with increased productivity and safety.

KleenEdge, LLC - KleenEdge Cubicle Curtain Protocol Technology
KleenEdge offers a patent-pending technology driven protocol solution for cubicle curtains as they often get cleaned only once per year. Hospitals struggle with creating viable protocols, and defendable exchange policies, which is why we've designed our products to help simplify their day to day operations, saving them money, while also mitigating HAIs.

SC Johnson Professional - TruShot Disinfectant Mobile Dispensing System
TruShot Disinfectant Mobile Dispensing System provides properly diluted cleaning chemistries at the pull of the trigger. The water reservoir fills at any water source, increasing productivity by reducing re-supply trips to the supply closet.

Tork an Essity brand, Essity Professional Hygiene - Tork PeakServe Continuous Hand Towel System
Tork PeakServe Continuous Towel System sets a new standard for high-traffic dispensing using compressed, continuous hand towels with Tork patented, fast dispensing system. Tork PeakServe is the highest capacity towel system in the market.

Tork an Essity brand, Essity Professional Hygiene - Data-Driven Cleaning with Tork EasyCube intelligent facility cleaning system
Tork EasyCube intelligent facility cleaning system is the world's leading software for data-driven cleaning. New research shows that EVS departments can use real-time data to dramatically improve efficiency, user satisfaction and staff motivation within the facility.

All nominees will be showcased at the annual AHE EXCHANGE in Columbus, Ohio.