- Created on Monday, 03 April 2006 01:35
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The Council is solely a Board of Directors (volunteers) and a small administrative staff for day to day operations of the Council. The 12-member Board of Directors is an independent group of professionals, representing a broad array of interests. They include commercial laundry operators, association executives, co-op and on-premise laundry operators, and representatives of federal government organizations.
Fee-Based Inspection Process
The fee-based inspection process will be entirely voluntary, but the Council anticipates leading healthcare laundries, both for- profit and non-profit, will seek accreditation. The current fee is $5,000 per plant, with $1,000 due upon registration, and the balance due before the inspection date. Multiple plants owned by the same organization receive a 20% per plant discount. The fee is all-inclusive. It includes pre-inspection materials, the inspection itself (one day), the formal inspection report, and all necessary follow-up after the inspection. The inspector’s fee and travel expenses are included in the HLAC fee.
What Does Accreditation Mean To Your Facility?
When HLAC accredits a laundry that processes healthcare linen, it warrants that the organization has successfully passed an inspection of its facility, policies and procedures, training programs, and its relationships with its healthcare customers. The inspection is based on Accreditation Standards for Processing Reusable Textiles for Use in Healthcare Facilities. These Standards have been developed and are published by the Council, and are based on federal regulations and guidelines, as well as best industry practices. A copy of the Standards is available on HLAC’S Web site, http://www.hlacnet.org.
What Do The Standards Cover?
The Accreditation Standards for Processing Reusable Textiles for use in Healthcare Facilities cover the complete textile processing cycle, from handling and transporting soiled healthcare textiles, to in-plant processing and delivery back to the customer. The Standards also cover many basic considerations, such as facility layout, personnel training, and customer service. Special attention has been directed to OSHA required practices, including Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Standards.
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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.”