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Facility Inspections & Textile Testing

Inspectors put textile services operations’ laundry techniques “on the record” and determine testing needed to ensure items meet TRSA cleanliness specifications

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A laundry facility seeking a TRSA Hygienically Clean certification (Food Safety, Generic, Healthcare) must submit laundered textile products for initial microbial testing. Various types of such items (workwear, towels, linens, etc.) are subject to examination. If products pass an initial test, a second test of different items is scheduled. When these pass this second test, the laundry is inspected for compliance with management practices per the Hygienically Clean standard. A third such test takes place as part of the inspection protocol. A successful inspection and passed test at this juncture certifies the facility. Maintaining certification requires testing on a quarterly basis and inspection (with testing) every three years.

All testing is done by a TRSA-approved laboratory accredited by an accreditation body recognized under the ILAC MRA (Mutual Recognition Arrangement) or recognized by federal or state agencies for microbiological testing. Examples of acceptable third-party accreditation bodies include the International Accreditation Service (IAS), American Association of Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), and ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board doing business as ACLASS. Laboratories recognized by federal or state agencies such as EPA, FDA, Department of Agriculture, CDC, CPSC, and OSHA are also approved.

In the second inspection and all subsequent ones (every three years), the TRSA representative selects two items for testing projected to have the highest potential to fail based on previous such examination. The representative ships these samples to a TRSA-approved laboratory chosen by the laundry.

Initial Certification/Testing Procedure

Upon applying for the program, facilities seeking Hygienically Clean certification should contact Angela Freeman (afreeman@trsa.org, 877.770.9274, ext. 111) for applicable inspection and testing requirements. This will clarify textile product types that require testing. Following that determination, the facility’s management sends its goods to a TRSA-approved laboratory of their choice with this lab’s Chain of Custody form. Use the links below to download forms as required for one of the approved labs.

Select one of these forms for submitting:
- 1st and 3rd samples to qualify for certification
- Samples for continuing certification 3 months and 9 months following:
          Initial certification date
          Annual anniversary date of initial certification
 
Select one of these forms for submitting:
- 2nd sample to qualify for certification
- Samples for continuing certification 6 months and 12 months following:
          Initial certification date
          Annual anniversary date of initial certification