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HLAC Forms Advisory Committee, Seeks Professionals to Serve

Bruce Beggs |

FAIRWAY, Kan. — The Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) has formed an Advisory Committee and is seeking applications from industry professionals who are interested in serving as members.
The committee will consist of industry professionals (active or retired) from accredited laundries; other healthcare textile processors; industry associations and suppliers; past HLAC board members; government representatives; and the consumer sector.
It will advise and make recommendations on HLAC activities and policies.
HLAC’s mission is to publish high standards for laundering healthcare textiles, and to provide an inspection and accreditation process that recognizes laundries that meet those standards.
While HLAC directors will set the committee’s priorities, the committee may suggest action items that it deems important to processing healthcare textiles and the accreditation of healthcare laundries.
“The Advisory Committee can have significant input on key HLAC initiatives for 2009,” says Steve Tinker of Gurtler Industries, who has been appointed the committee’s first chairperson. “These initiatives include ‘harmonizing’ HLAC standards to include Canada, and developing a standard for surgical pack operations.”
Other initiatives include seeking public comment on the current standard as part of a three-year review, and expanding marketing efforts to publicize the benefits of accreditation.
Persons interested in applying to serve on the committee should contact Tinker via e-mail at sjtinker@gurtler.com.
 

About the author

Bruce Beggs

American Trade Magazines LLC

Editorial Director, American Trade Magazines LLC

Bruce Beggs is editorial director of American Trade Magazines LLC, including American Coin-Op, American Drycleaner and American Laundry News. He was the editor of American Laundry News from November 1999 to May 2011. Beggs has worked as a newspaper reporter/editor and magazine editor since graduating from Kansas State University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications. He and his wife, Sandy, have two children.

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