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Addressing Industry-Specific Compliance

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Member support allows TRSA to proactively address and respond to aggressive efforts by federal, state and local agencies to institute new rules that harm the industry and thereby negatively affect the economy or environment. We educate key audiences in Washington and across the nation about the need to efficiently and effectively resolve key issues in rulemaking to preserve our industry's viability.

California Title 22 Tool Kit

The California Code of Regulations (CCR) is the codification of general and permanent rules and regulations. One specific part of the CCR that impacts the Linen, Uniform and Facility Services industry is Title 22 California Code of Regulations, Division 5 - Section 70825 part (a) section (4). The state of California is currently undergoing a review of Title 22.  However any review and update will take a significant amount of time.  In the interim, TRSA has received notice from the California Department of Health that healthcare facilities may ask for a variance on the prescribed method in order to utilize more updated laundering technologies. To assist laundries in helping their customers get a variance, TRSA has developed this Title 22 Toolkit

Shop Towel Compliance Kit

On July 31, 2013, TRSA and the industry welcomed the news that EPA issued a final rule on the handling of reusable shop towels. The regulation, “Conditional Exclusions from Solid Waste and Hazardous Waste for Solvent-Contaminated Wipes; Final Rule,” codifies best practices that responsible laundry operators have followed for decades, long before the rule was proposed in November 2003. This online compliance kit includes a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and other materials designed to help launderers, customers, employees, and route drivers to comply fully with rule.

Evaporation Credits

TRSA supports Operator members seeking evaporation credits from their local publicly owned treatment works (POTWs). These credits ensure a laundry is billed fairly for its sewer discharges when the POTW bases the billing on the exact volume of fresh water the laundry receives. A laundry sewer bill should be calculated on a lesser volume because of evaporation from drying, finishing and other processes. This contact form alerts TRSA to a member launderer’s interest in TRSA resources that make the case for a fair credit.

Wage & Hour Division

TRSA periodically reports on rulings by this division of the federal Department of Labor, which enforces overtime pay rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Of particular interest are decisions involving sales work by route drivers. This link reaches the division website.
 
Promoting Our Track Record
Ahead of anticipated regulatory proposals that may unfairly and unnecessarily burden the industry, our customers and the economy, TRSA is communicating with agencies to seek alternatives.
 
  • SafeTRSA: Citing the successes of the SafeTRSA program to improve employee safety, TRSA is reporting to OSHA and offering to provide the agency with more information to prove that workers’ health is better protected by voluntary compliance programs as opposed to increased regulation.  This effort also extends to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). 
 
  • EPA: TRSA promotes to EPA the industry’s efforts to protect the environment including the reporting and resources developed through TRSA’s LaundryESP Program and the “good business and operations” benefits of conserving and recycling water, recapturing heat and minimizing energy usage.  
 
  • U.S. Workplace Safety Statistics: TRSA works with the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics to ensure key incident rates are calculated each year to gauge safety performance nationwide of industrial launderers and linen suppliers in separate statistical categories for each of these textile services industry segments.  Comparing these results with the SafeTRSA survey proves TRSA member companies are safer than nonmembers.