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Ecolab Science Certified™ Program

Count on a Scientific Clean™

Ecolab Science Certified™ (ESC) is a comprehensive, science based public health and food safety program that provides science-based products, training, and process efficiencies to help ensure your staff and customers experience the highest levels of cleanliness and the operational and business benefits that come with it. It’s not just any clean, it’s Scientific Clean™. A clean your business, employees and guests can count on.

2022 Ecolab Science Certified (ESC) logo aligns with the new Ecolab brand refresh

Become Science Certified

Businesses that implement the program requirements – including public health, food safety and pest elimination solutions and employee training – and pass the Ecolab Science Certified audit earn the ability to use the Ecolab Science Certified seal.

Interested in becoming Ecolab Science Certified?

Better Reputation. Better Business.

The Ecolab Science Certified program helps you meet today’s expectations for cleaning
while protecting your brand and optimizing your operations.

The Ecolab Science Certified program is currently available in North America and China,
to our hospitality, foodservice, food retail and facilities customers.

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Attract and Retain Talent

78% of workers say an ESC restaurant would be better to work at than one without ESC1

88% of workers say ESC signals the employer cares about them1
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Enhance Guest Experiences

86% say a business’s commitment to public health and safety factors into their decision to patronize that location2

71% of patrons are concerned that businesses will reduce the health and safety practices in the future2

Drive Foot Traffic

8% Increase: Consumers 35-44 who saw the ESC ad increased their visits to ESC restaurants 8%3

1 Qualtrics Proprietary Worker Study, December 2022. Paid for by Ecolab.

2 Consumer Sentiment Study, March 2022. Paid for by Ecolab.

3 FourSquare Traffic Study, March – June 2022.  Restaurants and Food Retail. Paid for by Ecolab.

A Visible Commitment to Cleaner, Safer Practices

Now more than ever, consumers are looking for a visible commitment to clean and evidence of hygiene and public health best practices. With the Ecolab Science Certified seal, businesses can demonstrate their commitment to advancing cleaner, safer practices by meeting the program’s rigorous criteria.

Consumers expectations for health and safety remain highly important, including:

  • 95% want to see as much or more cleaning now and into the future (post pandemic)
  • 70% are concerned that businesses will reduce their health and safety practices in the future
  • 71% want to see employees visibly cleaning
  • 64% want hospital products used
  • 47% want independent audits completed
  • 86% say a business’s commitment to public health and safety factors into their decision to patronize that location1

The Ecolab Science Certified seal helps consumers recognize hospitality, food service, food retail and other businesses committed to advancing cleaner, safer practices, promoted through a robust advertising and public awareness campaign.

1 Ecolab proprietary research conducted March 2022.

Labor Study: A Differentiator In A Difficult Labor Market

The study shows how the Ecolab Science Certified™ program is helping solve workplace challenges across multiple industries.

The study surveyed over 600 lodging, grocery and restaurant employees working at ESC affiliates and found that the ESC program not only improved the health and safety of the workplace, but also improved its partners’ company culture. Results show:

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84% of Restaurant Employees say the ESC program creates a safer, healthier workplace.

Smiling woman in the hospitality market

88% of Lodging Employees say the ESC program signals that their employer cares.

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80% of Grocery Employees say ESC makes them proud to go to work.

Businesses Committed to Clean:

Top Golf logo.
McDonald's restaurant logo.
Golden Corral restaurant logo.
Johnson and Wales logo
Texas Roadhouse restaurant logo.
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts logo
CEC Entertainment logo.
Loews Hotels and Company logo.

Ecolab Science Certified Driving Consumer and Employee Confidence:

Create Clean

through science-based products, programs and procedures.
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Check Clean

through audits and training to support compliance, health and safety.
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See Clean

through on-site signage and digital media.
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Believe Clean

through a national consumer awareness and education media campaign.

Key Program Elements

Backed by Ecolab’s deep scientific expertise and experience with the world’s biggest hospitality and foodservice brands, Ecolab Science Certified brings together the science-backed products, practices and training with periodic auditing performed by Ecolab experts to deliver a higher level of cleanliness. The program leverages Ecolab’s nearly 100 years of fighting pathogens and food-borne illnesses and our deep understanding of micro-organisms and expertise in chemistry, dispensing and public health.

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The Ecolab Science Certified program includes:

  • The use of hospital disinfectants and food-safe sanitizers including the latest in chemistry innovations and labor reducing products
  • Program only perks including health department intelligence, consumer co-branding benefits, enhanced intelligence platform, and tailored service support
  • Rigorous cleaning, hygiene and food safety practices informed by the CDC, U.S. Food and Drug Administration and local health department guidelines
  • Pest elimination and water treatment solutions to address additional sources of infection transmission
  • Comprehensive staff training to reduce the potential for human error in following protocols and applying products correctly, particularly important for high staff turnover
  • On-site support through ongoing consultation and in-person coaching
  • An annual comprehensive hygiene and food safety audit
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About the Training

Reducing risk in your operation requires a commitment to ensuring staff understand public health matters and proper procedures. Ecolab training specialists have designed an interactive curriculum with new courses specifically for the Ecolab Science Certified program centered on essential public health protocols, food safety and housekeeping best practices, covering the most relevant topics including COVID-19 basics, social distancing, proper use of PPE, heightened sanitation, and how to approach guest interactions.

Using Lobster Ink’s dynamic online training platform, Ecolab Science Certified customers can ensure fast onboarding, flexible learning, and detailed reporting for all employees, which is critical for businesses with high employee turnover.

Ecolab Science Certified program food safety training.

About the Audit

The Ecolab Science Certified audit completes the process of program implementation and provides consumers the confidence that all applicable program elements are in place and employee training has been completed. This audit assesses Ecolab standards and validates the critical areas that impact food safety, public health and guest experience and helps location managers take corrective action to mitigate risks. This expert assessment can be completed onsite by an EcoSure field specialist, or virtually by a remote EcoSure field specialist, in partnership with the unit level manager.

Learn more about how EcoSure specialists help improve brand compliance and risk mitigation.

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