PHOENIX — The Textile Rental Services Association (TRSA) presented its new Clean Green and Hygienically Clean Healthcare certification programs for laundries last week to attendees of Exchange 2012 to build their awareness of the increased environmental stewardship and infection control conscientiousness TRSA members are practicing.
TRSA chose the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) conference and exhibit to demonstrate that textile services operators who earn these certifications are the “superior choice for AHE members whose supply chain management calls for outsourcing laundry and linen.”
Those certified are exceeding government standards, TRSA says, by:
- Meeting conservation goals and deploying best management practices for resource reduction, reuse and recycling above and beyond the reporting requirements established by EPA for the Laundry Environmental Stewardship Program (LaundryESP)
- Testing cleaned goods for bacterial content—in addition to documenting deployment of best laundering practices—to build healthcare providers’ confidence that their outsourced laundry’s linen is as clean as possible, in line with practices standardized elsewhere in the world but not yet recommended by U.S. authorities
“TRSA respects and supports other standards besides Clean Green and Hygienically Clean to which our members can ascribe. Any effort to document launderers’ attention to preserving natural resources and controlling the spread of infection reflects positively on the textile services industry,” explains TRSA President and CEO Joseph Ricci. “Our new programs execute our responsibility to our members to give them tools to show their customers and prospects they are willing to raise the bar in these respects.”