The Safety Committee provides information, resources and services to improve human resource management and occupational safety and health practices to reduce and eventually eliminate occupational injuries, illnesses and fatalities

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Current Projects
Safety & Health Certification

The committee oversees this emerging program that recognizes linen, uniform and facility services’ commitment to safety and health (S&H) excellence on a location-by-location basis. The certification verifies that these facilities voluntarily meet S&H standards that consistently exceed basic OSHA requirements.  Standards are based on a portion of the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) STAR certification guidelines and focus on:

  • Management Leadership and Employee Involvement
  • Worksite Hazard Analysis
  • Hazard Prevention and Control
  • Safety and Health Training
Safety Summit

The committee provides guidance and content for the Safety Summit to enhance TRSA’s efforts to raise the bar among textile services operators for in-plant workplace safety instruction effectiveness and industry-wide improvement. As individual facilities become more sophisticated in injury prevention tactics, TRSA plans to provide further guidance to help operators strategize and increase the prominence of safety in their corporate cultures. Participating in this Summit helps ensure operators hire the proper expertise, immediately assesses their greatest risks and devise near-term action plans for developing standards and communicating them to operators.

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Industry Safety Survey

This questionnaire and the resulting Textile Services Industry Safety Report enable participants to benchmark their safety programs against the industry’s progress and demonstrate to OSHA they voluntarily improve their safety performance. Submitting data is as simple as copying figures from the OSHA Form 300A that every plant and depot post in their facilities from February through April. Participation builds the industry’s resistance to OSHA inspections, citations and fines. Individual operators learn key details that determine how their companies rated in the quest toward zero-incident performance in the prior year.


These presentations manifest the committee’s development of guidelines for reducing injury and illness risks, often driven by third-party standards (such as OSHA and ANSI). Committee discussions focus on equipment risks and other hazards and propose control solutions and prevention alternatives, citing published resources. Guidance is provided on documenting safety procedures and reporting and recording work-related injuries and illnesses as required by OSHA and state safety authorities.

Alert Driving System

Working with longtime TRSA risk management partner Haylor Freyer & Coon, the committee oversees a personal-computer-based modular training program that enables drivers to learn at their own pace.  Topics covered include distracted driving, adverse weather, speeding, parking and backing, highway driving and failure to yield. Participating companies can pre-test drivers to determine the degree to which they perceive hazards and assign their training accordingly.

January 2019 Meeting Notes

Committee Members

Chair: Charles Edelman – Unitex, Elmsford, NY
Vice Chair: Foshie Bell – Novo Healthcare Services, LLC, Atlanta GA
Jay Addis – Alsco, Salt Lake City, UT
Ken Altenbach – Dempsey Uniform & Linen Service, Inc., Sunbury, PA
Mike Altendorf – Purestar Laundry Group, Cape Coral, FL
Patricia Angi – Brady Linen Services, LLC, North Las Vegas, NV
Jason Colson – Crothall Healthcare, Germantown, TN
Hector Durand – Prudential Overall Supply, Irvine, CA
Karla Fitzgerald – Aramark Uniform and Refreshment Services, Burbank, CA
Rochelle Gaudette – UniFirst Corporation, Wilmington, MA
Aldo Gurrero – UniFirst Corporation, Wilmington, MA
Michael J. Halter – Haylor Freyer & Coon, Inc., Syracuse, NY
Stephen Jenkins – Cintas Corporation, Milford, OH
James Kearns – Alsco Inc., Salt Lake City, UT
John Koduru – Washing Systems, LLC, Loveland, OH
Fred Kostner – Mission Linen Supply, Salinas, CA
Michelle McNeil – Healthcare Linen Services Group, Batavia, IL
Jim C. Moran – Pellerin Milnor Corp., Kenner, LA
Cort Naab – Crown Health Care Laundry Services, LLC, Pensacola, FL
Kattie Nichols – HandCraft Linen Service, Richmond, VA
Caleb Paige – Faultless Laundry Co., Kansas City, MO
Robert Potack – Unitex, Elmsford, NY
Pat Wheeler – Morgan Services Inc., Columbus, OH

TRSA Staff Liaison

Bill Mann