UMF Starts Search for Top Education Hygiene Specialist

August 18, 2022

UMF Corp. is now accepting nominations for its Education Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award.

The inaugural awards program highlights the contributions of janitorial staff at K–12 schools, colleges, and universities across the United States. Modeled on UMF’s Hygiene Specialist Award and Guest Room Attendant Excellence Award, this new award seeks to recognize the crucial role school custodial staff play in providing a safe, hygienic environment for students, teachers, and staff. The winning custodian will receive an all-expenses paid trip for two, including airfare, to a location of their choice within the 48 contiguous states.

“UMF is committed to supporting, recognizing, and celebrating the essential workers who are responsible for the cleaning and disinfection process in health care facilities, hotels, and educational institutions,” said George Clarke, UMF CEO. “We are privileged to introduce the first-annual Education Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award to acknowledge the custodial staff whose jobs are critical in mitigating the risk of infections among students, teachers, and staff. COVID-19 resulted in a crash course in infection prevention across all industries. School custodians were required to learn and embrace new cleaning and disinfection protocols, putting their lives on the line as they showed up day in and day out to help keep schools open.”

The deadline for nominations is December 31. For more information and to submit a nomination, visit UMF’s website.

About UMF
Skokie, Illinois-based UMF Corp. designs, develops, and manufactures high-performance textile products for the infection prevention markets under the brand name PerfectClean. For more information, visit