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U.S. Labor Dept. & Cintas Settle Pending Federal Osha Cases

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has reached an agreement with Cintas Inc.

Read more: U.S. Labor Dept. & Cintas Settle Pending Federal Osha Cases

Ashes Launches An Industry-Wide Initiative To Establish Best Practices With NESPI

PHOENIX, Ariz.--The opening ceremonies of the ASHES 2005 20th Anniversary Conference and Healthcare Marketplace held September 25 – 29 in Phoenix, marked the official launch of National Environmental Services Performance Initiative (NESPI).

NESPI is the ASHES response to members and other environmental services professionals challenged by incomplete industry guidelines for staffing day-to-day operations that guide performance and ensure a clean and safe health care environment.

Read more: Ashes Launches An Industry-Wide Initiative To Establish Best Practices With NESPI

Osha Drafts Ergonomics Guidelines For Nursing Homes

WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the first set of industry-specific ergonomic guidelines -- Guidelines for Nursing Homes.

"These guidelines are the result of an extensive and cooperative process involving a wide-ranging, inclusive review of both scientific information and existing ergonomic practices and programs in the nursing home," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw.

Read more: Osha Drafts Ergonomics Guidelines For Nursing Homes

Nursing Home OSHA Alert

WASHINGTON –- OSHA announced a new National Emphasis Program (NEP) to focus outreach efforts and inspections on specific hazards in nursing and personal care facilities with high injury and illness rates.  The program will focus outreach efforts and inspections primarily on hazards most prevalent in the facilities, including: ergonomics primarily related to resident handling;

Read more: Nursing Home OSHA Alert

Meeting Inspection Requirements

As you prepare your laundry for an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Inspection at either state or federal level, a survey by the Joint Commission or a mock survey, which is used to prepare for a survey, it is important to understand the basics and rules governing inspections. In previous issues I have addressed the basics involved with the Joint Commission (JCAHO.)

Read more: Meeting Inspection Requirements

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Emerald Textiles Chosen As Linen Services Provider For Eisenhower Medical Center

SAN DIEGO, Ca. — Emerald Textiles™, a Southern California commercial healthcare laundry provider, announced its selection as exclusive vendor of linen rentals and services for Eisenhower Medical Center. Emerald Textiles operates a technologically-advanced commercial laundry facility that saves the county of San Diego more than 700,000 therms of natural gas and expects to save 40,000,000 gallons of water annually.

“We are pleased with the quality and cleanliness that Emerald is providing and proud to work with a provider who is focused on sustainability and the environment,” said Dana Francis, director of environmental services for Eisenhower Medical Center. “Since Emerald began managing our linen services, we have happier employees and patients.”

Emerald recently received the SDG&E Savings by Design Award, in recognition for its advanced design and extreme energy efficiency. Savings by Design is an award created by the California Public Utilities Commission and San Diego Gas & Electric