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Minimizing Work Related Accidents and Illnesses

It should be the goal of every organization to minimize work related accidents and illnesses. Why is this important? Injured and ill employees are not able to effectively contribute to your organization’s goal of maximizing share holder equity. All team members are necessary contributors to this end. Their efforts contribute to the delivering of quality garments to the customer, on time.

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Routine Safety Checks Are Worth The Effort

Newton, Iowa - Survival of the fittest is a basic rule of thumb. To laundry managers it means that they must actively seek opportunities to enhance their facility's reputation, while fully utilizing the facility's resources for the good of their customers. Those goals can be met by keeping a properly maintained and safe laundry.

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Eyes Wide Open

Laundry management team members walk miles per day in their laundry facilities. Their eyes are constantly moving, seeking snapshots. What kind of information are they looking for you ask? The majority of managers are looking at quality and productivity, or for a specific customer’s product. These team members repeat this snapshot process day after day. Why?

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Chlorine Bleaching at Institutiona Laundries,: Identifying the Risks

In his November letter to the editor, Dr. Nathan Belkin raises an issue of critical importance to public health: Is there adequate disinfection of linens and other textiles in health care facilities, especially with the growingconcern over transfer of bacterial infections among patients. The Design for the Environment (DfE) program shares Dr. Belkin's concern, but finds his advocacy of chlorine bleach as the sole solution to disinfection challenges in health care facility laundries a position that must be carefully examined--and perhaps seriously questioned.

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Emergency Preparedness In 2007: Are You Ready?

The beginning of the New Year provides an excellent opportunity to review your operation’s emergency plans. Disasters that create emergencies come in many forms: weather or software related; terrorist attack or health pandemic. If an emergency threatened to shut down your business, are you prepared to respond? This article provides suggestions on how to analyze the effectiveness of your emergency plans.

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A Gruesome Laundry Surprise

PHOENIX, Ariz. — A body in a bin was discovered by employees at a Sodexo commercial laundry facility. The body arrived on a delivery truck from medical facilities in Tucson. Team members who were unloading the bins first noticed blood on the sheets then discovered the body in one of the bins. The man, a transient, had previously slept in the laundry-bag area near the Tucson medical facility. It is believed that the man either died from a medical condition or was suffocated by the plastic bags. The body showed no signs of trauma or foul play.