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.
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.
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.
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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Laundry to Reduce Air Emmissions and Fund Cleaner Burning Wood Stove Purchases
BOSTON, Mass. — Alltex Uniform Rental Service, an industrial laundry in Manchester, N.H. has agreed to settle claims by the US Environmental Protection Agency that it violated the Clean Air Act by paying a civil penalty of $65,000. They will also be undertaking a Supplemental Environmental Project with a value of at least $220,000 to replace old, polluting wood stoves in southern New Hampshire with new, cleaner models. Additionally, the company will install equipment at its facility to remove approximately 20 tons per year of emissions of volatile organic compounds (“VOCs”). G&K Services is the parent company of Alltex Uniform Rental Service Inc. The EPA action grew out of an EPA inspection of the facility in July 2008.