Incident Prevention – Investigating ‘Root Causes’


Anytime a safety incident occurs in a plant – including ‘near misses’ – laundry operators have a moral duty, as well as a legal obligation, to investigate what happened and why. Then they must take steps to prevent the incident from recurring. That’s the essence of a forthcoming article in Textile Services magazine on how companies can uncover the root causes of safety mishaps in a laundry operation and take steps to mitigate them.

DOL Proposes to Raise Overtime Pay Under the FLSA


The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued its long-anticipated notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) altering the overtime pay regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The proposal increases the minimum salary threshold and automatically updates the threshold every three years.

PFAS: View the Online Toolkit for the Latest Regulatory News


Nonprofit groups working to eliminate per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) acknowledged for threatening human health are advancing their cause through website compilations that highlight such risks. Two such compilations have been added to the TRSA PFAS Toolkit on

TRSA Tours Innovative Ecolab Campus


TRSA staff recently visited the Nalco Water, An Ecolab Company complex in Naperville, IL, to discuss the company’s sustainability initiatives on behalf of the linen, uniform and facility services industry. The meeting included a tour of the Nalco Water University as well as the Research, Development & Engineering areas of the facility.

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: TRSA Resources Available


The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently initiated the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), challenging employers to ensure reasonable workplace accommodations to these employees. See the Equal Employment Opportunity section of’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion webpage for a link to the EEOC webpage announcing the enforcement launch.

Gunderson Hosts Bipartisan, Bicameral Delegation at Plant


The brother and sister team of Doug and Sara Gunderson of Gunderson Uniform and Linen in Menasha, WI, recently hosted a bipartisan delegation of legislators to introduce the linen, uniform and facility services industry. The members of the delegation included State Sen. Rachael Cabral-Guevara (R), and State Reps. Lee Snodgrass (D) and Nate Gustafson (R), who had a front row seat to how a healthcare and hospitality plant operates.