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THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017 49 Certification inspections ensure that any facilities processing healthcare linens have functional separation between dirty and clean linen processing areas to minimize risks associated with contamination. Commercial laundries undertake strict precautions to minimize risk of any contamination. The majority of certified healthcare laundries worldwide undergo periodic inspection to ensure best practices and processing protocols are followed and clean linens are randomly tested. Laundries processing healthcare linens understand the importance of following strict guidelines for time, temperature, chemical and agitation levels in the cleaning process. Last year, TRSA worked with healthcare professionals and others to develop The Six C's: Handling Soiled Linen in a Healthcare Environment (https://www.trsa.org/healthcare resources), a video distributed to hundreds of healthcare facilities to help train their personnel regarding the proper handling of soiled linens to avoid risks to employees and patients. Recent research indicates that healthcare facilities have significant concerns including C. diff surface testing results consistently higher than those found in laundries. Medical garments such as scrubs worn by nurses (http://www.medscape.com/view article/871181) are at risk for contamination with potentially harmful bacteria through direct patient care and through contact with the patient’s environment, according to a molecular analysis of pathogen transmission. Frequently, nurses and other healthcare workers wear these and other garments in public and take them home for laundering in washers that cannot reach the water temperatures necessary to properly decontaminate them. ABOUT TRSA TRSA (www.trsa.org) represents the $17-billion textile services industry which employs 200,000+ people at 1,500+ facil- ities nationwide (USA) by advo- cating for fair regulatory and legislative policy affecting the textile services industry and pro- moting the environmental bene- fits of reusable textiles. TRSA increases productivity, sustain- ability, safety and professional- ism through education, certification, research, bench- marking and information-shar- ing. Most Americans benefit at least once per week from the cleanliness and safety of laun- dered, reusable linens, uniforms, towels, mats and other products provided to the service, indus- trial/manufacturing, hospitality, restaurant and healthcare sec- tors. TRSA quantifies our indus- try’s commitment to cleanliness and sustainability through our Clean Green and Hygienically Clean Certification programs. Ed.: Anthony Kingsley met with TRSA in Bruges and has facilitated a closer working relationship between TRSA and Laundry Association Australia (LAA). Members of the LAA Board will meet with TRSA represenatives during CleanShow in LasVegas in June to further the working relationship. Ken Koepper Director of Marketing/PR TRSA® 1800 Diagonal Road, Suite 200 Alexandria, VA 22314 O 877.770.9274 or 703.519.0029, ext. 109 M 703.477.1656 F 703.519.0026 www.trsa.org Some laundries processing hospital work use a barrier system whereby the dirty linen is received in one room and loaded into the washer extractor. After processing the cleaned linen is taken from the machine on the other side of the wall (the barrier) in a clean environment. Airlocks and negative airflow, hand washing, hairnets and shoe covers are additional steps taken to keep the clean area clean and separate.
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