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California Title 22 Tool Kit

The California Code of Regulations (CCR) is the codification of general and permanent rules and regulations. The CCR consists of 28 titles and contains the regulations of approximately 200 regulatory agencies. The regulations have the force of California law.
 
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). 
 
In the regulation, Title 22 states specific times and temperatures for which health care related textiles are to be laundered.  “All Linens shall be washed using an effective soap or detergent and thoroughly rinsed to remove soap or detergent and soil.  Linens shall be exposed to water at a minimum temperature of 71 degrees C (160 degrees F) for at least 24 minutes during the washing process.”
 
In decades past, the best way to ensure linens were hygienically clean was to utilize the above prescribed method. However, advancements in technologies in the commercial laundry process have created alternative means to the same end. These include extensively researched and documented improvements in the way washing machines perform mechanical action, the heat of dryers and ironers, and the evolution of wash chemicals to be more effective at lower temperatures.
 
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.  In it you will find several resources:
 
 
These letters are a guide to language used to attain a variance to the Tittle 22 requirements.
 
Contact Kevin Schwalb with any questions.