The Industrial/Uniform committee recommends improvement in TRSA advocacy, professional development, information-sharing, research and certification programs to meet business needs specific to uniform and facility services operations.
Engage more industrial/uniform members in TRSA activities and attract more of these specialists to TRSA membership. Guide TRSA in increasing our industry’s penetration of industrial markets.
Professional Development Events
The committee plans the Annual Workwear and Facility Services Conference and recommends subject material for other TRSA events that appeal to operators in the industrial/uniform segment. Agenda planners are urged to consider adding breakout sessions for this purpose. Associate members who provide systems for processing and delivering industrial products are encouraged to present.
Topics planned for upcoming webinars cover subjects particularly important to processing and delivering uniforms, mats and dust control and facility services products. These subjects may include stockroom management, mobile devices, customer billing methods and uniform types in increasing demand such as flame-resistant and enhanced- and high-visibility.Specific angles on generic subjects such as customer account profitability may be pursued.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Industry customers, such as Fortune 500 companies, ask TRSA member operators to sign documents that attest to their CSR practices. The committee is driving TRSA to incorporate CSR into its programs, starting with a document every TRSA Associate Member can sign attesting to its compliance with principles of the United Nations Global Compact. Launched in 2000, the Compact is a policy platform and a practical framework for companies committed to CSR. When TRSA operators are in the seller role, they would be strengthened if they could show evidence that their suppliers, particularly those who benefit from labor in developing countries, are at least CSR-conscious.
Hygienically Clean Food Safety Certification
Activities for and membership composition of a users group and advisory board for this certification are contemplated. Hygienically Clean Food Safety validates laundries’ service to food manufacturers and processors. It verifies their processes (best management practices) through plant inspection and quantifies the outcome of cleanliness through microbial testing of laundered products.
Chair: Israel Cartagena – Roscoe Co., Chicago, IL
Vice Chair: Tom Abbett – Positek RFID, Norristown, PA
Vice Chair: Gerard van de Donk – ABS Laundry Business Solutions, Boxtel, Netherlands
John Auriemma – American Wear, East Orange, NJ
Tim Fry – Andoco/CVR Uniform, Shippensburg, PA
Pauline Hayes – Doritex Corp., Alden, NY
Milton M. Magnus – M&B Hangers, Leeds, AL
Christina Mault, Doritex Corp., Alden, NY
Michael Shulevitz – Cadillac Uniform & Linen Supply, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Jim Vaudreuil – Huebsch Services, Eau Claire, WI
Mark Willis, Prudential Overall Supply, Commerce, CA
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