Certification ensures laundering processes effectively remove pathogens from health care textiles
SANTA ROSA, CA, March 11, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ — Alsco Santa Rosa, a branch of Alsco Inc., the premier worldwide linen and uniform rental services company, recently achieved the Textile Rental Services Association (TRSA) Hygienically Clean Healthcare Certification, which ensures that laundering processes effectively remove pathogens from healthcare linens and garments.
“We are very happy to have achieved this TRSA Hygienically Clean Certification. This achievement shows our continued commitment to following government guidelines and providing a hygienically clean product to our customers,” said Barett Gamble, Alsco Santa Rosa general manager. “With this certification, our commitment extends to all linens and garments laundered at the Santa Rosa location.”
TRSA certification is a confirmation of a laundry’s dedication both to compliance with government guidelines and to rigorous processing of healthcare linens and garments using best management practices (BMPs). As described in TRSA’s quality assurance documentation, BMPs are the focal point for TRSA inspectors’ evaluation of critical control points that minimize risk within a laundry facility. For a facility to earn TRSA certification, the independent third-party inspection must find and confirm essential evidence of the following:
• Employees are properly trained and protected.
• Managers understand legal requirements.
• The facility is OSHA compliant.
• The physical plant operates effectively.
Facilities with TRSA Hygienically Clean Healthcare Certification must pass three rounds of outcome-based microbial testing indicating that their processes are producing hygienically clean healthcare linens and garments with zero presence of harmful bacteria. To maintain their certification, laundry plants must pass quarterly tests to ensure that laundered product quality is consistently maintained even when laundry conditions such as water quality, textile fabric composition and wash chemistry change.
“Obtaining TRSA Certification for the Alsco Santa Rosa Plant has been a team-building experience for all employees. Everyone on the team played a significant role to come together and achieve a common goal,” Gamble said.
TRSA’s stringent processes eliminate subjectivity by focusing on outcomes, verifying that linens and garments cleaned in certified facilities meet appropriate hygienically clean standards and BMPs for hospitals, surgery centers, medical offices, nursing homes and other medical facilities.
Millions of people rely every day on the clean uniforms, garments, linens, towels, walk-off mats and other products that TRSA-member commercial laundries provide. TRSA serves its members by promoting and protecting its companies and educating owners/operators, executives and management through professional development independent certifications that conform to internationally recognized standards, advocacy and research. For more information about TRSA and its certifications, visit http://www.trsa.org.
Alsco is a fourth-generation family owned and operated business, founded in 1889, that was recognized by the prestigious Hohenstein Institute for having invented the linen and uniform rental industry. Celebrating 130 years of business, Alsco provides linen and workwear rental services to customers that include restaurants, healthcare, automotive industry and industrial facilities. With over 180 locations and more than 20,000 employees, Alsco provides world-class service to over 355,000 customers in 14 countries. Learn more at http://www.alsco.com.
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