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Ergonomics In The Laundry / Linen Industry

On March 13, 2003 OSHA released the first in a series of industry-specific guidelines for the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) in the workplace.  These guidelines focus on practical recommendations for nursing homes. Nursing homes were a high priority for OSHA given that the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports indicated nursing and personal care facilities ranked number one with the highest incidence rate of injury and illness from overexertion resulting in days away from work in 1994 (most recent data) for private sector industries.

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Cleaning Up - Down on the Farm

Got milk? Most of us do. But chances are you haven’t given much thought to the laundering process on dairy farms. That process, however, can affect milk quality, and in turn, affect the end users and dairy suppliers.

Milk quality is evaluated based on the number of somatic cells, or white blood cells, present in milk, according to Dr. Mike Maroney, University of Wisconsin-Extension milk quality veterinarian.

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Encompass Group And Gordon & Gordon Launch New Antibacterial Product Aimed At Reducing Hospital Acquired Infections

McDONOUGH, Ga. -- Encompass Group LLC, a manufacturer and marketer of medical textiles, has joined with Gordon & Gordon, an Irvine, Calif. company, to market BacterArmor, an antibacterial product designed to reduce deadly noscomial infections, also known as hospital acquired infections.

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Engaging The Enemy – Dirt

You probably walk across one every day. Most people do as the final stage in their commute to work. Depending on weather conditions, you've probably seen people stand and wipe as well as scrape their feet on an entrance mat at the front or rear entry doors. The construction of the mat almost encourages it, if not demands it. Great quality mats are like that.

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Infection Control – Healthcare Textile Infection Control Guidelines

State and Federal laws do not require that personnel who handle contaminated textiles be certified in order to achieve accreditation. However, it has been NAILM’s opinion for the past 24 years that in order for personnel to work in either laundry or environmental services that proper training is important to reduce excessive cost and injuries.

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Quick Rinse - News From Around The World

Man Freed From Laundry Machine

ENGLAND — Firefighters freed a man trapped in a laundry after he tried to pull some sheets that were stuck from a folding machine. The machine had not been turned off when he began trying the free the sheets. The employee’s arm became trapped in the machine but the firefighters worked quickly cutting the machine’s belt to free the man. He was rushed to the hospital where he was stabilized.