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2015 SafeTRSA Innovation Winner


Mission Linen Supply’s Eureka, California, laundry facility is the recipient of the 2015 SafeTRSA Innovation Award, having achieved above-average workplace safety and inspired better such performance at laundry plants throughout the Mission operation in the Western United States.

Dennis Pieper, general manager of the Eureka plant, accepted the honor Sept. 11, 2015 at TRSA’s Annual Conference in Isle of Palms, South Carolina.

Safety efforts at the Eureka facility are under the watchful eye of a six-person team that meets regularly with engineering and management to identify concerns throughout the operation. The team gathers feedback from and communicates with employees, posting Safety Scoreboards daily across the plant. Such communication, as well as recognizing and rewarding safety achievements, drives behavior modification needed to improve safety.

The team’s plant-specific efforts facilitated total recordable (TRIR) and lost workday (DART) rates below the industry average, as well as achievement of 923 consecutive working days with no lost-time incidents. This performance won recognition as Mission’s Plant of the Year for safety in 2013 and 2014. The facility’s outstanding results led to new company-wide policies and procedures that sparked revisions to Mission’s training, improving overall corporate safety. Employees have embraced the operation’s motto, “Practice safety every second of every minute of every day in both our business and personal lives.”

TRSA’s Safety Committee selects the winner of the SafeTRSA Innovation Award to recognize a company or facility that has implemented novel approaches to improving safety with quantifiable results. The winner must demonstrate support from management, employee involvement, training and good communication. SafeTRSA is TRSA’s website portal for safety training resources, providing class outlines, exercises, tests and reference materials to members at no charge to tackle some of the industry’s most difficult challenges.

About Mission Linen Supply
Mission Linen Supply is a privately held company providing rental textile products, services and supplies to hospitality, medical and industrial businesses. The company manages more than 40 locations and employs 2,500 people in California, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and Oregon. Founded in 1930, Mission ( is headquartered in Santa Barbara, California.

About TRSA
TRSA ( represents the $16-billion U.S. textile services industry that employs 200,000+ people at 1,500+ facilities nationwide by advocating for fair regulatory and legislative policy affecting the industry and promoting the environmental benefits of reusable textiles. TRSA increases productivity, sustainability, safety and professionalism of textile services worldwide through education, certification, research, benchmarking and information-sharing. Most consumers benefit at least once per week from the cleanliness and safety of laundered, reusable linens, uniforms, towels, mats and other products provided to the service, industrial/manufacturing, hospitality, restaurant and healthcare sectors. TRSA quantifies our industry’s commitment to cleanliness and sustainability through our Clean Green and Hygienically Clean Certification programs.