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Textile Services’ Workplace Safety Continues To Improve

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Recordable injuries and illnesses in Textile Rental Services Association of America (TRSA) member workplaces were reduced 17 percent from 2008 to 2009 according to the annual TRSA Textile Services Industry Safety Report.

The survey, compiled from forms submitted to OSHA by members of TRSA, was launched in 2005 in conjunction with SafeTRSA, an industry-wide initiative to improve worker safety through awareness, education and training.

“Since its inception in 2005, the SafeTRSA program has helped member companies reduce recordable injuries and illness by more than 50 percent,” said TRSA President Joseph Ricci, “This program demonstrates the importance TRSA members place on the safety and well-being of their employees and their impressive gains reflect the success of SafeTRSA in highlighting areas of emphasis and improvement.”

In addition to identifying problem areas, the survey facilitates the sharing of information and best practices among members and prompts collaboration on new SafeTRSA initiatives, policies and procedures that improve safety.

TRSA members reduced their recordable injuries and illnesses per 100 employees (TRIR Rate) by 5.1, from 10.9 in 2005 to 5.8 in 2009. Also declining was the total number of injuries and illnesses per 100 employees resulting in days away from work, job restrictions and/or job transfers (DART Rate) which fell by a total of 2.2, from 6.2 to 4.0 or more than one-third. The most recent one-year DART Rate improvement was also about 17 percent.

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Fire in Jail Laundry

DURHAM, N.C. — A fire in the laundry room at a County Jail in Durham damaged goods but required no evacuation. The fire, which originated in a dryer, damaged hundreds of uniforms. In addition to the lost goods, the jail’s laundry sustained water and smoke damage. The fire was extinguished by the sprinkler system that had been activated.