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TRSA Gets Exemption from NSF Standard

View the NSF/ANSI 350 Clarification Letter

TRSA’s Vice President of Government Relations Kevin Schwalb and members of the association’s Environmental Committee recently had a series of discussions with executives from NSF International to discuss NSF/ANSI 350, the Standard for On-Site Residential and Commercial Reuse Water Treatment Systems, and how it is being applied to linen, uniform and facility services operations in California. Due to this collaboration, TRSA secured a letter from NSF stating that the original intent of NSF/ANSI 350 was not meant to encompass the commercial laundry industry.

Furthermore, the NSF and a TRSA Task Force overseen by Schwalb will work together moving forward to gather data for further regulations that will minimize the impact on linen, uniform and facility services operations, and companies that manufacture equipment for the industry.

NSF International, or the National Sanitation Foundation, is an independent, accredited organization that develops public health standards and certifications that help protect food, water, consumer products and the environment. It has partnered with ANSI (American National Standards Institute) to develop NSF/ANSI 350, which sets limits on residential and commercial sources of greywater and combined wastewater.

During a recent conference call with NSF officials, including Business Unit Manager Sharon Steiner, Schwalb explained that the original intent of NSF/ANSI 350 was being incorrectly applied to affect commercial laundry operations and manufacturers of wastewater reuse equipment for the linen, uniform and facility services industry. “NSF/ANSI 350 was originally intended for small residential facilities, not for larger commercial laundries,” Schwalb explained. “The standard has been incorrectly applied, and now the definition for residential buildings is being applied to commercial laundry facilities.”

After explaining that the industry has a track record of cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and local water systems on similar issues, Schwalb suggested that TRSA and NSF work together to mitigate the impact of this onerous regulation on commercial laundry operators and equipment manufacturers.

To review a copy of the letter, click here.