BURBANK, CA – When Aramark Uniform Services began experiencing problems with metal contamination after laundering towels, they found that the cause of contamination emanated from areas such as machine shops and metalworking shops where metal chips and curls became embedded in the towels.
Boiler safety valves are little understood, often incorrectly installed, and usually neglected. That is a general statement, and as with most general statements, must not be taken as universally true. However, there is enough truth there to warrant some discussion of the valves. The terms "pop valve," often applied to safety valves, is not a bad term in that it accurately describes the action of the valve.
In the December issue of Laundry Today, I wrote extensively on the importance of understanding and preparing for JCAHO or OSHA inspections as this pertains to Laundry Operations. I addressed hazardous chemicals, contaminated laundry, heat stress, lifting and pushing hazards and fire hazards. This Part 2 segment will address the other applicable standards that apply to Laundry Operations.
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Sodexo Laundry Services Technology Recognized By CIO Magazine
GAITHERSBURG, Md. — An innovative use of computer technology that increases operational efficiency by providing key metrics for its commercial laundry operations and has saved more than $100,000 since its implementation has earned Sodexo, Inc. IDG’s CIO magazine’s 2010 CIO 100 Award. The award recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT). Sodexo’s Laundries Dashboard is a central decision-support tool that combines information from multiple systems to monitor core processes in Laundry and Linen Services businesses.
The dashboard presents Sodexo leadership and field management with key metrics in a customized, easy to use presentation. The dashboard uses Pureshare® Active-Metrics® software to gather and display appropriate information in the form of metrics for each level of management; the metrics are used to make business decisions. Because the dashboard is web-based, it can be accessed from any computer or mobile device. It also sends realtime email alerts that enable management to resolve operational issues immediately. Sodexo’s Laundries Dashboard allows for the effective management of critical areas as well as providing detailed analysis and comparisons.