TRSA Webinar to Explain NYC Licensing Rules

Posted September 9, 2016 at 11:34 am

Register for Webinar: NYC Clean Act Compliance: What it Means

TRSA members only are invited to participate in a free webinar Thursday, Sept. 15, to learn about steps that textile services operators with New York City customers will be required to take under new licensing requirements. The presentation will clarify the Clean Act, signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio on Aug. 3. Launderers have 180 days from that date to apply for licenses.

The new rules apply not only to launderers with facilities in the city, but to any in the surrounding area that serve locations within the city limits.

At first, the City Council bill (intro 697) stipulated that the Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) would unilaterally establish textile cleanliness standards. Representatives of our industry worked with the Council to require DCA to consult laundry professionals in this process, with minimum standards based on TRSA's Hygienically Clean certification program.

“We are proud of our collaboration with Councilman Ritchie Torres, the bill’s sponsor, throughout this legislative process,” said TRSA Vice Chairman David Potack, of Unitex Textile Rental Services, Mount Vernon, N.Y. “TRSA members demonstrate every day an excellent record of cleanliness and safety to their employees, customers and the general public. We understand the public’s desire for validation of our industry’s processes.”

TRSA has met numerous times with New York officials since the bill’s proposal in early 2015 to familiarize them with industry best practices. “We demonstrated TRSA members’ capabilities to satisfy the public’s needs for greater cleanliness and better service,” Potack said. “As the leading companies in the industry, we have a long history of improving standards and practices.”