- Created on Monday, 03 April 2006 01:35
- Written by Staff
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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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.