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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.

An HLAC accredited laundry has demonstrated that:

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Its managers understand and follow key government mandates for handling, processing and transporting healthcare textiles. In particular that a laundry is following OSHA's

  • Blood borne Pathogens Standard and CDCP guidelines to the letter.
  • Its facility is designed with negative air flow to insure clean textiles will not become recontaminated during processing.
  • Its facility is maintained to provide for the health and safety of its personnel.
  • It has a culture of comprehensive and continuous training for its personnel.
  • It uses proper laundering techniques to ensure the bioburden has been removed and follows recommended "good laundry practices" in its systems, policies and procedures to assure that textiles are delivered hygienically clean.

It is committed to excellence and challenging itself to meet the highest industry standards.

What is the benefit to the healthcare customer?

The principal benefit to the healthcare customer is the knowledge and confidence that their textile provider is meeting or exceeding the highest standards for processing healthcare textiles in the industry, including strict adherence to OSHA standards and other government regulations and guidelines. The customer can expect a consistent and smooth flow of hygienically clean textiles. An HLAC-accredited laundry has proven itself as a premier company to partner with.

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The following associations support the Council and are represented on HLAC's Board of Directors:

Association Sponsors

  • American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES)
  • American Reusable Textiles Association (ARTA)
  • Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
  • International Association for Healthcare Textile Management
  • ALM/Association for Linen Management (formerly NAILM)
  • Textile Rental Services Association of America (TRSA)

The following government agencies advise the Council and are represented on the Board of Directors:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • U.S. Army Medical Command
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