Washington, DC – ARTA members once again went to Capitol Hill to educate representatives, senators, assistants and agency managers about the cost and environmental benefits of reusable textiles.
“As healthcare or environmental issues arise, we want our lawmakers to be familiar with our organization, industry, and legislative agenda,” ARTA president Brad Bushman says. “Hopefully, this familiarity will produce support for our cause.”
WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it is extending until May 24, 2002, the period for comments on the tuberculosis (TB) rulemaking record. OSHA first published a proposed TB standard on Oct. 17, 1997 to control occupational exposure to tuberculosis.
WASHINGTON -- John Henshaw, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, announced that his agency's enforcement efforts will increase in Fiscal Year 2002, with more inspections targeting workplaces where injury and illness rates are the highest.
WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration opened for 60 days the tuberculosis (TB) rulemaking record to give interested persons the opportunity to review and comment on the agency's final risk assessment and the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) report "Tuberculosis in the Workplace."
"The new recordkeeping system is easier for employers to understand, better protects employee privacy in sensitive cases and will yield more accurate injury and illness data," said OSHA Administrator John L. Henshaw. "The new OSHA forms are smaller; they fit on legal size paper. We've also clarified and simplified the instructions for filling out the forms."
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Textile Services Industry Gets National Spotlight
WILIMGTON, Mass. — Textile service executive Ronald Croatti recently appeared on the CBS-TV show “Undercover Boss.” Croatti is CEO of UniFirst Corp., in Wilmington, Mass. For most Americans watching “Undercover Boss” it was their first view inside a commercial laundry, which typically process between 10 million and 25 million pounds of uniforms, table linens, bed sheets, towels and more every year “The reusable textile services business is the original green industry,” said Ricci. “Commercial laundries reuse linen instead of filing landfills with disposable alternatives and continually discover new, innovative means to reduce energy consumption and recycle water. Our huge economies of scale allow laundries to use about two-thirds less water, energy and detergent than alternatives, such as washing at home, while hygienically cleaning textile products, improving disease control and reducing contamination.”