The American Cleaning Institute (ACI)

Ecolab’s Bill Phillips Receives 2019 ACI Distinguished Service Award


Washington, D.C. – January 29, 2019 – William H. "Bill" Phillips, a recognized environmental, health and safety expert throughout the cleaning products industry, is the 2019 recipient of the American Cleaning Institute’s (ACI) Elva Walker Spillane Distinguished Service Award.

Bill Phillips is currently Director of Regulatory Affairs for Ecolab Inc. He joined Ecolab in 2003 and developed corporate environmental, health and safety (EHS) programs. He managed facility EHS audits, worker safety, product Safety Data Sheets and labels, product registration, ingredient inventories, corporate sustainability, and regulatory support of customers.

Bill has served as Chairman of ACI’s International and Research, Technology & Regulation Committees, and supported numerous initiatives affecting the cleaning product supply chain, including:

  • Phosphorus regulations 
  • Implementing the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals
  • Reforming of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
  • Engaging with California regulatory initiatives  
  • Supporting intensive research efforts to showcase the benefits and efficacy of topical antiseptic products to meet stringent regulatory requirements by the Food and Drug Administration.

"Bill Phillips has been a stalwart expert resource on numerous research and regulatory initiatives undertaken by ACI over the years," said Richard Sedlak, ACI Executive Vice President, Technical & International Affairs. "Bill’s expertise and dedication to excellence in science, health and safety has been invaluable to ACI and industry at-large." 

ACI’s Distinguished Service Award is named in honor of the late Elva Walker Spillane, the former National Purity LLC chief executive who served on the association’s Board for 20 years.


The award, handed out at the 2019 ACI Industry Convention, honors an individual for extensive or exceptional service to ACI, who promoted the growth and interests of the Institute and the industries it represents, and who exercised outstanding leadership within ACI.



The American Cleaning Institute® (ACI – is the Home of the U.S. Cleaning Products Industry® and represents the $60 billion U.S. cleaning product supply chain. ACI members include the manufacturers and formulators of soaps, detergents, and general cleaning products used in household, commercial, industrial and institutional settings; companies that supply ingredients and finished packaging for these products; and chemical distributors.  ACI serves the growth and innovation of the U.S. cleaning products industry by advancing the health and quality of life of people and protecting our planet. ACI achieves this through a continuous commitment to sound science and being a credible voice for the cleaning products industry.