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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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Ecolab Acquires Dober Chemical’S Textile Care Business

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Ecolab Inc. a leader in cleaning, sanitizing, food safety and infection prevention products and services announced it has purchased the commercial laundry division of Dober Chemical Corporation. The acquisition includes Dober’s laundry chemical and waste water treatment and Ultrax dispensing businesses as well as an exclusive partnership to market and provide key components of its Spindle monitoring software.

“Dober is respected throughout the industry for its innovative monitoring technology, product chemistry and commitment to service – qualities that complement our own strengths at Ecolab,” said Brian Henke, vice president and general manager, Ecolab Textile Care North America. “As we expand our North American commercial laundry business, innovation and service excellence will continue to be our top priority as we partner with our customers to deliver unsurpassed value to run their operations more efficiently, sustainably and cost effectively.”

“Ecolab and Dober share the same customercentric approach to service and innovative technology,” said John Dobrez, president Dober Chemical Corp. “This is an exciting development because it builds on the strengths of both companies to move the industry forward.”

Through this agreement, Spindle Technologies,a division of Dober, is forming a strategic alliance with Ecolab Textile Care in an exclusive licensing agreement for its ChemWatch Software technology and the OPTRAX Utility Module.

“There will be no movement of people as they currently all operate remotely,” said Henke. “The Dober leadership team is very skilled and respected in the industry. We plan to have them as part of the team moving forward. During the transition, both businesses will operate as usual and we do not expect there to be any changes in the service the customers are used to receiving.”