World Dryer Joins Industry Consortium in Creating Global Standards for Evaluating the Environmental Benefits of Hand Dryers

    BERKELEY, Ill.—Aug. 12, 2016—World Dryer, a leading manufacturer of high-speed energy-efficient hand dryers, joined a consortium of hand dryer makers and UL Environment to publish a first-of-its-kind global Product Category Rule (PCR) for hand dryers. The creation of the PCR is the first step in a process that allows purchasers and product specifiers to reasonably compare the environmental impacts of hand dryers. The new rule creates transparency for hand dryer manufacturers worldwide to evaluate the environmental impact of their products with a common approach, resulting in less confusion in the marketplace.

    UL Environment, a business division of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), is a global program operator for PCRs with a mission of creating a safer, more sustainable world. PCRs define the rules and requirements for the development of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for a certain product category that follow ISO International Standards. PCRs enable transparency and fair comparisons between EPDs. To produce an EPD, companies must develop a life cycle assessment for its product that addresses specific calculations and requirements specified in a PCR.

    “We are thrilled to have participated in the collaborative effort to provide the industry with a clear and consistent evaluation method for hand dryers,” said Dan Storto, president of World Dryer. “The new PCR fits with our goals to help facilities of all types improve energy efficiency, reduce waste and meet their sustainability goals.”

    The new global PCR for hand dryers can be found at