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Ecolab Science Certified™ Program

Advancing Cleaner, Safer Practices

Ecolab Science Certified is a comprehensive, science-based public health and food safety program designed to help give your employees and customers safe confidence that your operations are committed to the highest cleaning and disinfecting practices.

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.

Ecolab has helped make the world cleaner, safer and healthier in partnership with the world’s largest hospitality and foodservice brands. Now we’ve developed the Ecolab Science Certified seal, enabling hospitality and food service operators to demonstrate their commitment to advancing cleaner, safer practices by meeting the program’s rigorous criteria.

COVID-19 is leaving a lasting impression - 95% of consumers want to see as much or more cleaning and sanitation practices even after a vaccine is distributed.1

The Ecolab Science Certified is a comprehensive, science-based program that combines hospital disinfectants and other sanitizers, comprehensive public health and food safety training and procedures, and periodic auditing to help address consumer expectations for heightened cleaning practices, including:

  • 84% want frequent cleaning and sanitizing of high-touch objects
  • 81% want hand sanitizer provided
  • 80% want strict cleaning protocols
  • 76% want hospital products used
  • 73% want independent audits completed1

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 January 2021.

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Earning the Seal

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.

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Ecolab Science Certified Helps Create Consumer Confidence in Four Ways:

Create Clean
Our line-up of powerful hospital disinfectants, food-contact sanitizers, cleaning products, combined with public health practices help address the most common sources of infection transmission for a range of known and unknown pathogens, including COVID-19.
Check Clean
Customers check clean through robust training and periodic auditing performed by Ecolab public health and food safety experts.
See Clean
Consumers will see clean in action through front-of-house cleaning and disinfecting practices at each customer location, as well as a robust advertising and public awareness campaign.
Believe Clean
The Ecolab Science Certified seal on a hotel, restaurant, grocery store or other business is a sign  that business has committed to a higher level of cleanliness– giving customers confidence in their choice.

Advertising Campaign

Ecolab’s media and advertising campaign is designed to drive consumer awareness of the program, building confidence and addressing concerns around germs, including the COVID-19 virus. The new campaign is centered on Ecolab’s unique ability to take the scientific cleaning expertise we use in healthcare settings to the places we eat, stay, shop and play.

It’s not just any clean, its scientific clean.

A scientific clean combines advanced cleaning and disinfecting products with repeatable practices and periodic check-ups, that help businesses deliver a higher level of cleanliness. It’s a clean that can help consumers feel confident as they get back to the moments and the places they’ve been missing.

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See the Ecolab Difference in Action

From our lab to the places where we eat, stay, shop and play, the Ecolab Science Certified program combines cleaning and disinfecting products and procedures with rigorous public health and food safety training and an Ecolab Science Certified audit to advance cleaner, safer practices.

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 foodborne illnesses and our deep understanding of micro-organisms and expertise in chemistry, dispensing and public health.

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About the Program

The Ecolab Science Certified program includes: 

  • The use of hospital disinfectants and food-safe sanitizers approved for use against the COVID-19 virus and other pathogens
  • 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 that reviews state and federal requirements, correct product and equipment usage, completion of training modules, and documentation of corrective actions, with customer sign off.

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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About the Protocols

Informed by the CDC and best practices from other regulatory bodies, Ecolab has elevated our protocol and procedure recommendations to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in operations. The recommendations focus on additional disinfecting steps, increased frequency and duration, and expanding the scope for cleaning programs in the industries we serve.


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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.


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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.