The National : THE NATIONAL Issue 1 2009
THURSDAY 18/09/08 INDUSTRY FORUM ON FUTURE DIRECTION OF PRIVATE AND PUBLIC LAUNDRY ASSOCIATIONS. AHLLSA President Sue Dever and TRLA NSW Vice-President Rob Steer rather bravely led off discus- sions on the current situation in Australia where three organisations represent laundry (AHLLSA, TRLAA and VILA.) With com- mon problems and limited resources, it seems better co-opera- tion and possibly amalgamation could be a better solution. However, these things are not simple. Some bodies are registered trade unions representing laundry owners; some only accept companies while some represent employees; some don’t allow allied traders to be full members. It is worth noting also that allied traders have to belong to all three bodies. Clearly many points need identifying and discussion by a wide cross section of the industry needs to take place. Proposals included creating a fourth body as an ‘umbrella’ to which the other three would belong. This would be a way of ensuring ALL laundry issues (such as national concerns of training, OHS and water) can be addressed on behalf of all laundries, whether healthcare, commercial or hotel fairly quickly, while the somewhat longer process of sorting out association structure is tackled. And as this is an important subject which took up a couple of hours and a considerable amount of lunchtime, we don’t intend to try and report it here today in this limited space. Hopefully when we bring a fuller report in the next issue we can also give you an update from those bodies on progress made since October. TEXTILE TESTING AND THE AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS FOR LINEN Trudie Orchard, RMIT Trudie Orchard is the Manager of the Textile Testing Laboratory at RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology), which is a NATA rated laboratory, requiring very specific calibration of equipment, sourcing of suppliers, and regular audits. Trudie sits on a couple of Standards Australia committees and believes Australia is quite fortunate to have AS3789.6, though Standards Australia had to rethink their resources and the Draft is currently ‘on hold’. Trudie Orchard said what a launderer needs to do is firstly establish if a clients requires to comply to the Standard (bed linen and towels primarily.) When buying linen, take three reference samples from each new batch and keep one as a file copy. Take the other two and put them through your laundry normal wash process 50 times, then examine. Is the stitching still solid? Is the fabric standing up to the wash process? Keep one, send the other to RMIT. You need to know the weight of the fabric you are buying, the grams per square metre (gsm) and breaking force. The weave density (threads per square inch in one direction). Information on shrinkage, pilling, colour fastnesss and cotton fluidity (chemical strength) is essential to building a solid stock of linen that will not wear out prematurely. Buying cheap is not necessarily buying smart. The real difference between cotton and polyester basically it comes down to its intended use. Certainly cotton is more 42 THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER, JANUARY/FEBRUARY/MARCH 2009 Trudie Orchard had a prop to help us cotton on to what she was espousing. Stan Kam (Jasol), Marilyn Jowsey (Launtex) and Mike Cuers (Burgundy Holdings) enjoying the Cocktail Party.
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